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Weekly Reflections: Theology of Fatherhood

The Third Sunday of June is celebrated in our country as Father’s Day. Other countries, however, celebrate Father’s Day on different dates, which would remind us that remembering our fathers should not be once a year only, but rather throughout the whole year, every moment of our lives.

As The BamboosSway: Mormons celebrate acceptance of Blacks in Church

In 1987 I was a very new convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also commonly known as the Mormon Church. Knowing I am a Filipino, an office mate, a Polish lady, who used to be a Mormon confronted me, asking why I joined the Church when I am Filipino and Blacks were banned from the temple and other blessings of the Church. I was surprised because, being new, I did not know about a policy in 1952 that such banning on Blacks was imposed by the Church Leadership. My office mate did not also know and apparently had a falling out with the Church earlier than June 1, 1978 when that policy was lifted and Blacks all over the world were given all the rights and privileges that are due to every member of the Church regardless of any color – priesthood, temple ordinances and blessings, and others – “for all are Children of God and all are like into God.”

Weekly Reflections: Theology in action

Sometime in the early 70’s, the Summer Exposure Program was introduced as a new way of doing theological education as well as a new approach to doing theology. As a matter of fact, this particular approach was then regarded as a theological trend happening worldwide, which was known as Theology in Action.

Weekly Reflections: Theology of motherhood

When we talk of motherhood, there are two stories that would come to my mind. One is found in I Kings 3:16-28. It was written to illustrate King Solomon’s wisdom. The story is about two prostitutes who were living in one house, each of whom had given birth to a son. Then, one morning one of the two babies was found dead. Both mothers claimed for themselves the other baby who was alive.

Thousands of the faithful lay Fr. Ventura to rest

In his homily, Utleg said the perpetrators are a product of a social system that forces people into killing because of poverty. He also challenged all the clergy to persevere in performing their duties in serving the poor.

Aglipayans demand justice for murdered Catholic priest

The head of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) led the Aglipayan community in condemning and demanding justice for the murder of a young priest in Cagayan province. He blamed the administration’s failure to “concretely address the issue” and for ignoring “extrajudicial killings and human rights violations.”

Statements: Pagkondena sa brutal na pagpaslang kay Fr. Mark Ventura

Mariing kinukundena ng Karapatan Cagayan Valley ang brutal na pagpaslang kay Fr.Mark Ventura noong ika-29 ng Abril taong kasalukuyan sa Barangay Mabuno, Gattaran sa Probinsiya ng Cagayan. Siya ay nakatalaga sa Migrant’s desk ng Diocese of Tuguegarao at Indigenous Peoples Advocacy. Isa rin siya sa mga tagapagtanggol ng kalikasan.

Weekly Reflections: Threefold message of the risen Christ

The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.” – Matthew 28:5-7

Weekly Reflections: Threefold message of the risen Christ (1/3)

Jesus Christ our Lord is alive! Jesus was raised from death! This is what the Bible says. This is what the Apostle’s Creed says. This is what we usually sing on Easter Sunday: “Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth… The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” This is what we Christians believe.