Human life is sacred in all areas of life: ‘Walk for life’ every day, Cardinal Tagle urges faithful at Quirino Grandstand in Manila
MANILA, Feb. 18, 2017–Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila reminded the faithful of their duty to be witnesses to the truth that human life is sacred in all areas of life–and not just when time and situation call for it.
The cardinal made a surprise appearance early Saturday at the Quirino Grandstand, where thousands of Catholics participated in the “Walk for Life”.
He said the faithful must always carry this witness by word and by example everyday of the week and “in all corners of society”.
“Let’s not stop walking for life. We should do it everyday,” said Tagle. “Nothing will happen if we will not walk for life everyday.”
The Manila archbishop also lamented the current spread of the “culture of violence” in the country, referring the spate of extrajudicial killings and moves in Congress to revive the death penalty.
And an even greater cause for concern, he said, is the indifference of many to these violence.
“It’s sad to see, and sometimes tearful, that it’s becoming just a normal thing,” he said.
Echoing Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Day of Peace, Cardinal Tagle called for a renewed culture of “active non-violence” in addressing the country’s challenges.
He said that non-violence is not passive as Jesus was a tireless worker of love in action.
“Non-violence does not mean it is passive. Active. But we believe that we cannot stop violence also by violence,” said Tagle.
“If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We shouldn’t be doubling or propagating violence. We should match it with non-violence,” he added. “Strength, not violence.”
Organized by an organization of lay people, the Walk for Life was staged to demonstrate their opposition to summary killings and the death penalty.
It was the first of its kind in recent years that various lay groups come together to pray, stand up, and defend the sanctity of life.
Among the participants came from the Couples for Christ, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and El Shaddai,
He added that the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, and the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association are also joining the early morning event. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)
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TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle’s speech at Walk for Life
(Below is Rappler’s transcript of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s speech at the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 18, where he called for “active non-violence” in the face of recent killings in the Philippines. The video of his speech is also embedded here.)
Hello! Naririnig ‘nyo ako diyan? (Crowd: “Yes!”) Pasensya na kayo kung paos, ho. Nag-concert ako kagabi e (laughs). Hindi, hindi, hindi totoo ‘yan. Babasahin ko ‘yung message kasi baka makalimot ako sa sasabihin ko e. Ngiti naman kayo! Ngiti! Ngiti!
Papuri at pasasalamat sa Diyos na nagtipon sa atin sa araw na ito, at nagbigay ng lakas upang makapaglakad para sa buhay.
Alam po ninyo, ang paglalakad ay sagisag ng buhay. Ang patay, hindi nakakalakad. Ang paglalakad ay nakapagpapasigla rin ng buhay. Kaya hindi lang dapat lakad. Dapat, lakad ng buhay. Kasi ‘yung iba, kung maglakad, parang hindi buhay e. Lakad ng buhay para sa buhay. Sige nga, paano ba ‘yung lakad ng buhay? (laughs)
Salamat din sa Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas. Palakpakan po natin sila. Sila po ang nagbuo ng programang ito. At salamat sa napakaraming dakilang laiko sa iba’t ibang diyosesis, parokya, organisasyon, at movements. Mga laiko, dakila kayo. Dakila kayo.
Ito po ang pakiusap: Gawin ninyo araw-araw ang buhay na paglalakad para sa buhay. Hindi lamang ngayon. Araw-araw, maglakad para sa buhay. Saan? Sa tahanan, sa barangay, sa ating mga kalye, sa mga paaralan, sa tindahan, sa mga opisina, sa bangketa, sa mga umpuk-umpukan, sa sinehan, sa plaza, at sa lahat ng sulok at larangan ng lipunan.
Huwag titigil ng paglalakad para sa buhay. Araw-araw, lakad para sa buhay. Kasi kung minsan, kapag merong ganito, “Wow, ang sarap maglakad, kasi marami kami.” Pero kapagka dalawa lang kami, nag-iisa ako, tamad na. Walang mangyayari kapag hindi tayo araw-araw naglalakad para sa buhay.
Sa atin hong panahon, kapansin-pansin ang paglaganap ng kultura ng karahasan, a culture of violence.
Nakalulungkot pong makita, minsan nakakaiyak, na parang natural na lamang, parang ordinaryo at natural na lamang, ang marahas na salita, marahas na tingin – naku, katatalas ng tingin! – marahas na ugali, marahas na kilos. Brasuhan at sindakan na lamang ang kalakaran. Unahan lang naman ‘yan sa sindakan.
Kaya po ang isang mahalagang aspeto ng lakbay-buhay, lakad-buhay, ay ang pagpapalakas at pagpapalaganap ng kultura ng hindi marahas na pagkilos, o ang tinatawag nating active non-violence. Pakiulit nga. (Crowd: “Active non-violence!”) Ulit! (Crowd: “Active non-violence!”) Isa pa! (Crowd: Active non-violence!”)
Ang non-violence, hindi ibig sabihin, passive. Active. Subalit naniniwala tayo, hindi mapupuksa ang karahasan ng kapwa karahasan.
Kapag ang tugon sa karahasan ay karahasan din, nadoble ang karahasan. Hindi dapat dinodoble o pinalalaganap ang karahasan. Ito ay tinutumbasan ng non-violence.
Ang lakas ng katotohanan, ang lakas ng katarungan, ang lakas ng dangal, ang lakas ng pagkalinga, ang lakas ng pagdamay, ang lakas ng pag-unawa, ang lakas ng pagpapatawad, ang lakas ng pagkakasundo, ang lakas ng pagmamahalan, ang siyang pipigil sa nakamamatay na karahasan. Lakas, hindi dahas. Lakas, hindi dahas.
Pakiulit po: Lakas, hindi dahas! (Crowd: “Lakas, hindi dahas!”) Kung bawat isa sa atin, bawat pamilya, at bawat pamayanan, BEC (Basic Ecclesial Community) ay gagawa araw-araw ng kilos-buhay, mayroong lakas laban sa dahas. Lakas, hindi dahas.
Hindi po sapat ang diskusyon at sigawan lamang. Habang tayo’y nandito, maraming buhay na dapat nating iligtas. Sa inyong kapaligiran, sa inyong neighborhood, napakaraming buhay na dapat iligtas. At hindi sila maliligtas sa ating diskusyon. Save lives! ‘Yan ang lakad-buhay.
Save lives. Iligtas ang inang nagbubuntis at ang sanggol sa kanyang sinapupunan. Iligtas ang mga nagugutom. Iligtas ang kabataan at ang mga bata sa lansangan sa droga, abuso, prostitusyon, pornography, sugal, at bisyo. Iligtas ang pamilya. Iligtas ang marangal na sekswalidad. Iligtas ang manggagawa at ang mga walang trabaho.
Iligtas ang dukha lalo na ang kababaihang nasa bingit ng human trafficking. Iligtas ang mga may kapansanan. Iligtas ang mga katutubo. Iligtas ang mga magulang na tumatangis dahil nawawala o pinaslang ang kanilang anak. Iligtas ang kalikasan, na punong-puno na ng sugat. Iligtas ang nasa panganib ang buhay.
Mga gawa ng malasakit at pag-ibig ang magliligtas sa buhay nila. Gawa ng malasakit at pag-ibig ang magliligtas sa buhay nila. Kung bawat isa sa atin po ay gagawa ng kanyang makakayanan, kasi hindi naman natin kaya na solusyonan lahat, pero kung bawat isa, gagawa ng kanyang makakayanan ayon sa kanyang estado sa buhay, lalaganap po ang kultura ng pag-ibig na nagliligtas ng buhay. Lakas, hindi dahas. Lakas, hindi dahas.
‘Lumakad tayong mapagkumbaba’
At panghuli po, lahat po tayo, habang naglalakad ay magpakumbaba. Humingi po tayo ng tawad dahil naging bahagi rin tayo ng kultura ng karahasan.
Sabi po ni Hesus sa Ebanghelyo ayon kay San Mateo: “Narinig ninyo na noong una’y iniutos sa mga tao, huwag kang papatay. Ang sinumang makamatay ay mananagot sa hukuman. Ngunit ngayo’y sinasabi ko sa inyo: Ang mapoot sa kanyang kapatid ay mananagot sa Sanhedrin. At sinumang magsabi sa kanyang kapatid, “Ulol!” ay mapapasaapoy ng impiyerno.”
Ang pagpatay at karahasan, nagsisimula sa pusong puno ng galit at poot.
Linisin nawa ng Diyos ang ating puso, isip, mata, labi, at kamay upang mapawi ang ugat ng karahasan. Gawin nawa niya tayong nararapat na daan ng buhay.
Lumakad po tayo araw-araw taglay ang paalaala ni Propeta Mikas. Ito ang sabi ng propeta. “Ito ang nais ng Diyos: Maging makatarungan ka sa lahat ng bagay. Patuloy mong ibigin ang iyong kapwa at buong pagpapakumbabang lumakad kasama ang Diyos.
Lumakad tayong mapagpakumbaba, hindi mayabang, hindi galit, hindi nagmamataas. Lumakad tayong nagpapakumbaba dahil ang kasama natin ay ang Diyos ng Buhay.
Sa Diyos na mahabagin, mapagpakumbaba, at mapagmahal, mayroong lakas, hindi dahas.
Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. – Rappler.com
Walk for Life draws thousands in Manila
MANILA, Feb. 18, 2017–Catholics and other Christian groups converged at the nation’s capital for a prayer rally at pre-dawn Saturday.
With the nation reeling from widespread drug-related violence, speakers at Walk for Life spoke of the challenges Filipinos are facing.
Mrs. Zenaida Capistrano, president of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, said the rally wanted to demonstrate that life is sacred.
“Life is just borrowed from God, it must be cared for most of the time,” Capistrano said.
“Let’s hope that our walking would lead us to a path of understanding and the fulfillment of our goals,” she said.
Thousands of lay people rallied at the Quirino Grandstand, pressing for an end to extrajudicial killings and to oppose the reimposition of death penalty.
A sea of white shirts, hallmark of the pro-life movement, took over the area and filled it with prayers along with some bishops, priests, and religious men and women.
The CLP, founded in 1950, includes a coalition of diocesan and national lay organizations and movements and has been serving as the strong arm of the Church for lay apostolate.
With their calls for prayer and unity, speakers generally focused on spiritual rather political solutions to the nation’s problems. The event had been encouraged by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Rallyists walked around the area of the grandstand, praying the rosary while carrying banners and placards with the words “No to extrajudicial killings” and “No to death penalty”.
Some students’ sign read, “Yes to life, no to culture of death,” while another poster said, “Thou shall not kill”. “Defend life,” proclaimed a banner of the Knights of Columbus.
Organizers claimed around 20,000 people attended the prayer rally from at least 21 Catholic dioceses in Luzon and from other Christian churches.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, said it is encouraging that many people are taking a stand with the issues the country is facing.
“The outcome was unexpected. We wanted this big but we did not expect that many people will come,” Villegas said.
“It means that there’s a need that they would want to express themselves. These people were not forced to join. It’s early in the morning and many come from far places,” he said.
Organizers said among the participants come from as far as the Mountain province, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija and Batangas. (CBCPNews)
Read the source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=91771
Cordillera IPs join walk against killings, death penalty
MANILA, Feb. 19, 2017— Indigenous peoples from the Mountain Province and Ifugao province came down from the mountains to be in solidarity with the thousands of lay people who joined yesterday’s “Walk for Life” in Manila.
Some of them wear their traditional garb and performed a traditional dance as they call for an end to extrajudicial killings and oppose the the death penalty.
They were accompanied by Bishop Valentin Dimoc of Bontoc-Lagawe who affirmed his vicariate’s commitment to the promotion of life and respect for human dignity.
“It is here in Manila that laws and government policies are crafted. Therefore, we join you as brothers and sisters in order to voice our opposition to the culture of death in all forms,” he said.
The young prelate also asked the faithful “take courage and make out light shine” in “the midst of darkness”.
“When we hear expletives or thousands of cusswords, let us not be intimidated and let us remain peaceful,” Dimoc said.
“When we are bullied because of trolls in cyberspace, let us continue to use the Facebook responsibly, make our presence felt, and bear witness to our faith,” he said.
The bishop also encouraged the faithful to continue praying and support the Philippine National Police in cleaning their ranks instead of being pessimistic when they hear crime syndicates inside the PNP.
“In the midst of millions of drug users and surrenderers in our society, let us reach to them with mercy and compassion,” Dimoc added.
“Let us help the victims of crimes! Let justice flow! Let our light shine!” he said. (CBCPNews)
Read the source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=91851
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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal back call to examine conscience… if they agree with the candidate’s platform of violence http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/12/cebu-archbishop-jose-palma-and-emeritus-ricardo-cardinal-vidal-back-call-to-examine-conscience-if-they-agree-with-the-candidates-platform-of-violence/
Press Statement of Archbishop Socrates Villegas contrary to the misleading if not deceptive post of GMA News Online http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/19/press-statement-of-archbishop-socrates-villegas-contrary-to-the-misleading-if-not-deceptive-post-of-gma-news-online/
Mayor Duterte? by Archbishop Socrates Villegas http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/15/mayor-duterte-by-archbishop-socrates-villegas/
Prospects under a Duterte Presidency: Scenario Analysis
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma in Mindanao slams Duterte over killings http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/05/archbishop-antonio-ledesma-in-mindanao-slams-duterte-over-killings/
Catholics and women against Duterte http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/05/catholics-and-women-against-duterte/
Archdiocese of Cotabato: Circular Letter on the 2016 Elections – Cardinal Orlando Quevedo http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/07/archdiocese-of-cotabato-circular-letter-on-the-2016-elections-cardinal-orlando-quevedo/
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo warns voters about promises of ‘change’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/03/cardinal-orlando-quevedo-warns-voters-about-promises-of-change/
Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Discerning for whom to vote in the National and Local Elections – Lord guide us with your grace http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/13/archbishop-socrates-villegas-discerning-for-whom-to-vote-in-the-national-and-local-elections-lord-guide-us-with-your-grace/
Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges voters to use 10 commandments in choosing their candidates http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/archbishop-socrates-villegas-urges-voters-to-use-10-commandments-in-choosing-their-candidates/
Archbishop Socrates Villegas to voters: Don’t be swayed by surveys http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/archbishop-socrates-villegas-to-voters-dont-be-swayed-by-surveys/
Bishop Arturo M. Bastes: A Testimony during Martial Law (1973-1986) of the Marcos Regime of the Philippines http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/15/bishop-arturo-m-bastes-a-testimony-during-martial-law-1973-1986-of-the-marcos-regime-of-the-philippines/
Irish Bishops Provide Pastoral Reflection in Lead-up to Elections: Ten questions based on Catholic Social Teaching for Catholics to ask candidates http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/29/irish-bishops-provide-pastoral-reflection-in-lead-up-to-elections-ten-questions-based-on-catholic-social-teaching-for-catholics-to-ask-candidates/
An Assessment of the New USCCB Document Faithful Citizenship: FCFC (#34) lists “intrinsically evil acts,” and says that Catholics cannot vote for a political candidate “who favors a policy promoting” them http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/06/an-assessment-of-the-new-usccb-document-faithful-citizenship-fcfc-34-lists-intrinsically-evil-acts-and-says-that-catholics-cannot-vote-for-a-political-candidate-who-fav/
US Bishops release latest version of ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,’ Catholic guide to voting http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/12/us-bishops-release-latest-version-of-forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-catholic-guide-to-voting/
Kansas bishops offer election year guidance http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/28/kansas-bishops-offer-election-year-guidance/
Here’s one clear and uncomplicated principle for voting: Don’t vote for pro-abortion politicians http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/16/heres-one-clear-and-uncomplicated-principle-for-voting-dont-vote-for-pro-abortion-politicians/
THE DOWNLOAD—YOUR VOTE COUNTS – But it’s your own soul that’ll do the counting http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/09/20527/
THE VORTEX: A TIE IS A LOSS – Maybe Catholics should concentrate more on the Faith than on politics http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/15/the-vortex-a-tie-is-a-loss-maybe-catholics-should-concentrate-more-on-the-faith-than-on-politics/
Should Pope Francis get involved in politics? Of course he should http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/19/should-pope-francis-get-involved-in-politics-of-course-he-should/
Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/14/is-health-care-a-pro-life-issue/