CBCP head, Archbishop Soc Villegas, wades into the 2016 political fray

USE THIS - 2016 Elections UPDATES June 8-15

Do you agree with CBCP's guidelines for voters? Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Church governing body, CBCP, has issued 10 points to ponder as the country greets the Election Year. No. 8 is highly interesting - A Catholic is not closed to the candidacy of a non-Catholic. It is a dramatic turn-around to the Church position in the 1992 presidential polls when the bishops opposed the candidacy of the protestant Fidel Ramos.

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Watch video of Cebu Archbishop Cardinal Vidal calling on President Aquino to step down

Fact-checking Vidal's retraction by Raïssa Robles The breaking news social networking site Twitter is now abuzz with reports that Cebu Archbishop Cardinal Ricardo Vidal has retracted his earlier statement calling for President Benigno Aquino's resignation.

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Should President Aquino resign – Catholic Bishops Conference President weighs in


By Raïssa Robles - Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas issued this morning a statement following calls by two fellow bishops for President Benigno Aquino III to resign. Speaking for the CBCP, the church policy-making body consisting of all Philippine bishops, Monsignor Villegas said: "Before we have all the facts, however, the CBCP cannot morally join in the calls for his resignation, leaving this decision to his humble and prayerful discernment of his capacity to lead and the support he has not only from officials of government but from members of Philippine society."

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Part 1 – That Pope Francis bump

Analysis By Raïssa Robles The last time there was such a love fest over one man was two decades ago when Pope John Paul II visited Manila. Pope John Paul and Pope Francis both defy the Hollywood notion of beauty and popularity. For instance, Pope Francis is old. Very old. He is nearly bald, vastly overweight. He speaks English with […]

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Supreme Court has “truly watered down the RH Law”, says CBCP President

By Raissa Robles - The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President, Archbishop Socrates B. Villages, issued today the statement below to "encourage our Catholic faithful to maintain respect and esteem for the Supreme Court."

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Prayers in the storm


Typhoons, landslides and earthquakes; political instability, massive corruption and economic crisis. The tragedies and misfortunes that crowded the Philippines this year would be enough to shake anyone's faith in God. Anyone other than the Filipinos, that is. In Asia's only majority Catholic country, adversity and suffering drive believers closer to their church, rather than away from it.

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Pope to priests, nuns and bishops: Use “more humble” cars

By Raïssa Robles It takes a Pope to deliver the message to our Catholic bishops to live more simply. This time, Pope Francis zeroed in on the trappings of influence and power that some of our bishops are fond of. Yesterday, he told novice priests and nuns: “It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the […]

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Catholic Church in the Philippines turns openly political to crush RH Law

For the Catholic Church, the elections this May is only about one issue – the Reproductive Health Law. It is openly endorsing senatorial candidates who they think will repeal this law and conducting a negative campaign against those who had approved the law or now openly back it. To contribute to the raging political discussion on this issue, I would […]

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Illegally parked priest asks for his parishioners’ forgiveness

By Raïssa Robles Although he wouldn’t talk to me. Last Tuesday, I wrote about Reverend Father Jose Eliseo Buenviaje who had illegally parked his car despite a “no parking” sign, while prominently displaying the sign “Priest on Call” on his windshield. My reporter’s instinct told me it was the priest driving the car. A number of commenters criticized me for […]

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