Holy Cross Parish church

Tingnan ang panoramic photo ng simbahan ng Parokya ng Banal na Krus sa Marinduque.

Halos bawat uwi ko sa amin sa Marinduque, dinadalaw at kinukunan ko ng larawan ang aming simbahan sa bayan.

Kahapon, kinunan ko ito ng panoramic photo gamit ang aking cellphone.

Narito ang simbahan ng Parokya ng Banal na Krus sa Santa Cruz, Marinduque.

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Karanasan ng hapdi, karanasan ng biyaya

CBCPMula sa CBCPNews.com, narito ang full text ng pastoral statement ng Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines hinggil sa kontrobersiyal na usapin ng “Pajero Bishops.” Nasa link na ito ang English version. Sa mga susunod na araw ay magpo-post ako ng mga saloobin ko tungkol sa isyu:

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EDSA 2: isang "pagkakamali" ng Simbahan?

EDSA 2 by Erman BallecerAng paksa ng susunod kong kolum sa Pinoy Gazette ay ang EDSA 2 at ang pagkakabanggit nito sa paper na “The Contemporary Brand of Political Activism of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP): Strengthening Political Structures to Solve and Prevent Political Crises” ni Fr. Sid T. Marinay, na inilabas kamakailan ng Archdiocese of Manila.

“The CBCP statements from the year 2004 to 2008 showed the end of the era of the CBCP’s political activism, in the sense of organizing rallies, that has blurred the line separating the Church and the State. The era of political activism faded away with the passing away of Cardinal Sin,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi ko maintindihan kung paanong ang pakikiisa ng Simbahan sa mga kilos-protesta laban sa katiwalian — sa mga kademonyohan ng ating mga lider — ay magiging isyu ng pagkakahiwalay ng Simbahan at Estado. Sa tingin ko, kung sinasamahan o pinamumunuan lamang ng Simbahan ang mga kasapi nito sa pagsasabuhay ng karapatan nilang humingi ng isang mabuti at makatarungang pamamahala, sakop ito ng Bill of Rights ng ating Saligang Batas. Ang masama ay kung tuwirang didiktahan ng Simbahan ang pangulo na ipatupad sa gobyerno ang mga utos ng Simbahan.

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Hindi tayo naglalaro ng chess…

… pero marami ang nag-abang kahapon sa galaw ng bishops tungkol sa kalagayan ng queen.

Mayroon sa ating mga nag-isip na baka poposisyon na ng black or white ang Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines sa lumalawak na panawagang magbitiw ang Pangulo dulot ng umano’y katiwalian sa kanyang pamumuno. Pero nabigo ang mga umasa.

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The Church that I know

(Published on Page A11 of the August 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

I MAY NOT appear to be really religious, but I grew up close to the Catholic Church, its people, structures and basic teachings.

My mother served the Church for many years until she perished in a sea accident 11 years ago. Even after Mama’s death, catechists in our town still see me as the only son of their beloved Sister Evelyn, who used to happily visit even remote island villages to teach catechism. Until now, Nanay Diding, my dear grandmother, is always a welcome visitor at our parish office not only because she regularly offers Masses but also because she is Sister Evelyn’s mother.

Priests and nuns were — and still are — among our family friends. A former bishop of the Diocese of Marinduque used to visit our humble house. Tatay Andoy, my late grandfather who had the picture of the great Pope John Paul II on display on his altar, had a distant cousin who became our parish priest. And when I was a young boy, dear Sister Paula of the Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese gave me a second-hand stuffed toy that I cherished so much. Continue reading “The Church that I know”