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.


  1. I like that:Bishop checks queen

  2. Mate na sana yan.

    ang sagwa pala pakinggan ng bishop mates queen.

    Those aside,yes Dean Bocobo said that she lost the support of the catholic chuch.

  3. Dom,
    The Bishops are all here for their regular Plenary Session starting next Thursday. Just had dinner with a member of the Executive Committee (not Iniguez though, darn!). The bishops are still split over what to do, but the antis appear to be gaining ground. Chacha is definitely dead meat, but I think next weekend the big discussion will be just what we've been talking about: Benedict's Deus Caritas Est. Just re-read this week: he's better than Thomas Jefferson ever was at explaining Separation and nonestablishment!

  4. True, there is such a thing as separation of church and state. Some things are definitely matters of religion, e.g. salvation of our souls... Some are exclusively those of the state, e.g. civil services... but there are concerns that involve both, e.g. education, family. In the end, the object is the common good.

  5. Thanks, all. Ma'am Ellen, showed my Mom your recent articles...she enjoyed the read.

    Karl: well, technically, you can't really mate the queen in chess. And...uh, with the double entendre, the object would be a bit unpalatable, don't you think?

    Dean: wow, hobnobbing with the hierarchy! Do clue us in. I apologize for not linking properly. Will fix that soon.

    Crossbreak: thanks for the visit.