Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

Press Statement on the arrest of Senator De Lima – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Press Statement on the arrest of Senator De Lima – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president (Photo: CBCPNews)

FOLLOWING the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, we turn to God in fervent prayer to heal our land.

We beg the Lord to pour forth upon us the passion NOT for vengeance but for justice.

We humbly pray to the Lord who called Himself the Truth to set our hearts aflame for the truth, the truth that sets all of us free.

Let all who have been charged be accorded their fair day in the court of laws.

As we deplore what is wrong, let us always allow the reign of charity to prevail in imitation of Christ in whose heart was a special love for those whom all else rejected. Mercy without justice is weakness. Justice without love is tyranny.

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Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks during the “Walk for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (Analyn Perucho/CBCPNews)

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2017— In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called on all parishes in the Manila archdiocese to mark the EDSA People Power anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.’

He said the event should be done with “simplicity but deep” and coupled with public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship, among others.

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MALTA PRELATE THREATENS SEMINARIANS WHO WON’T AGREE ON AMORIS LAETITIA

MALTA PRELATE THREATENS SEMINARIANS WHO WON’T AGREE ON AMORIS LAETITIA

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 22, 2017

Abp. Scicluna: If you disagree, “the seminary gate is open”

FLORIANA, Malta (ChurchMilitant.com) – Priests in Malta are alleging they’re undergoing intimidation for clinging to magisterial teaching and canon law regarding marriage, while like-minded seminarians are being shown the door by their archbishop.

Malta’s Abp. Charles Scicluna is verifying that he’s told his seminarians this month that if they disagree with his interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, which extends the sacraments to sexually active adulterers, then “the seminary gate is open” — meaning they can leave.

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas decries ‘rape’ of EDSA spirit

Archbishop Socrates Villegas decries ‘rape’ of EDSA spirit

Cardinal Jaime Sin (File photo)

MANILA, Feb. 23, 2017— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has decried the “rape” of EDSA People Power with the “four glorious days of February 1986 now dimmed”.

Amid the “relentless killings of the poor in the name of change”, he said “the glory now flickers in the darkness of fear and terror again”.

As the number of suspected drug users and pushers reaches more than 7,600 in seven months, he said it is quite possible the death toll exceeds the number of martial law victims.

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Old pastoral letter by Archbishop Fernando Capalla cites ‘death squad’ existence in Davao

Old pastoral letter by Archbishop Fernando Capalla cites ‘death squad’ existence in Davao

Fr. Amado Picardal

MANILA, Feb. 21, 2017— While Malacañang denied there’s such a “death squad” in Davao city, a church document issued more than 15 years ago cited the existence of the group that carried out secret killings of suspected criminals.

As early as November 2001, the Archdiocese of Davao wrote a pastoral letter,“Thou Shall Not Kill,” in expressing alarm over the spate of extrajudicial killings in the city.

Although it stopped short of linking President Rodrigo Duterte to such killings while mayor of Davao City, the letter deplored his supposed tolerance on “criminal groups like the Davao Death Squad to kill”.

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Communion for divorced-and-remarried is a rejection of Divine law: Cardinal Francis Arinze

Communion for divorced-and-remarried is a rejection of Divine law: Cardinal Francis Arinze

Published on Oct 20, 2015

Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria strongly defended the Catholic faith against the proposal put forward by one influential Synod Father who said last week that it is “unrealistic” for the divorced-and-remarried to refrain from sexual activity – what the Church following Christ calls ‘adultery,’ that such activity should be judged according to “lived context,” and that such person should be able to receive Holy Communion.

“The Ten Commandments are given to us by God. Have we any authority to say it is ‘unrealistic’ to expect people to keep any of the Ten Commandments, not only number six and number nine, also number five – abortion, killing of innocent people, number seven – stealing, whether small sums of money or big,” said Arinze, who is the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews on Saturday in Rome.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Bishops should not give ‘contradictory interpretations’ of doctrine

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Bishops should not give ‘contradictory interpretations’ of doctrine

by posted Friday, 17 Feb 2017 Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Cardinal Müller said that nobody could alter the way the sacraments work

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has said that local bishops cannot reinterpet Church teaching subjectively.

In an interview with the German magazine Rheinische Post, Cardinal Müller said it was “not his style” to criticise publications by bishops. However, he added, “I do not think it is particularly beneficial for each individual bishop to comment on papal documents to explain how he subjectively understands the document.”

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Human life is sacred in all areas of life: ‘Walk for life’ every day, Cardinal Tagle urges faithful at Quirino Grandstand in Manila

Human life is sacred in all areas of life: ‘Walk for life’ every day, Cardinal Tagle urges faithful at Quirino Grandstand in Manila

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle delivers his message to thousands of people who joined the Walk for Life at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Feb. 18, 2017. (Analyn Perucho/CBCPNews)

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”.

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Killings must end now, says CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Killings must end now, says CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President

MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017— A ranking Catholic prelate has again asked for an end to drug-related violence in the country that has seen more than 7,600 killed since July.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, said summary executions must stop immediately because no civilized country can let such illegal acts to go on unabated.

“They (criminals) ought to be judged by the court of law and never by the extrajudicial means,” Villegas said in his message for the Walk for Life set to be held at the Qurino Grandstand in Manila on Saturday.

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VENEZUELAN ARCHBISHOP DIEGO PADRON CONDEMNS SOCIALIST-INSPIRED ANTI-CATHOLIC ATTACKS

VENEZUELAN ARCHBISHOP DIEGO PADRON CONDEMNS SOCIALIST-INSPIRED ANTI-CATHOLIC ATTACKS

Venezuelan Archbishop Condemns Socialist-Inspired Anti-Catholic Attacks Print Friendly and PDF by Max Douglas  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 17, 2017

This comes after socialists stormed Mass and screamed “Satan in a cassock!”

CARACAS, Venezuela  (ChurchMilitant.com) – In a recent interview, a Venezuelan archbishop is saying recent anti-Catholic attacks are meant to intimidate Catholic clerics who are speaking out against socialism.

Venezuela is currently in the middle of an economic collapse, and the Catholic Church is speaking out against the socialist policies of the government. Archbishop Diego Padron, president of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, said the recent series of attacks are not “isolated events.”

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