Sunday, July 02, 2006

Bishop checks queen

My Bloglines reader held a pleasant surprise when I checked it late yesterday evening: The Pope on the Role of Church and State over at Reflections, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo's blog.
The Pope writes in that encyclical “The just ordering of society and the state is a central responsibility of politics. As St. Augustine once said, a state which is not governed according to justice would be just a bunch of thieves.” (No. 28a) It is a strong statement worth remembering. This is what Bishop Deogracias Iniguez has quoted in presenting his personal position of siding with the Kapisanan ng Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME). He clearly states that he is not bringing the CBCP in this personal option regarding the issue of impeachment.

Dean Bocobo has already covered this in Philippine Commentary with his usual incisive analysis, so the only thing that remains for me to say is: "Bravo, Bishop!"

Some people will immediately chastise clergy at any hint of their political participation -- quoting, as a knee-jerk reaction, "Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar..." -- but indeed, what about the civic responsibilities of priests and religious as citizens of the country?

On the other hand, the present Philippine administration seems to have no qualms about separation of Church and State. Ellen Tordesillas has already covered this in-depth. I might add a couple of banner headlines that I read in the Cebu Sunstar: "Glo says Pope not happy with CBCP." And let's not forget the infamous claim to relations of the Arroyos to saints.