St. Anthony Parish, City of Koronadal, celebrated its 63rd Patronal Fiesta on 13 June 2009 with the theme “San Antonio kag ang Maayo nga Pagdumalahan” (St. Anthony and Good Governance).
A. Life of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195 and died in Padua, Italy in 1231 is famous for his preaching.
Anthony’s preaching integrated a message of spiritual renewal and a daring challenge to the social ills of his time especially greed and usury. He attacked the tyranny of the powerful. Sought freedom for those in prison. Lavished his charity on the poor that he was called “Friend of the Poor”. And promoted justice.
B. Good Governance in Scripture
B.1. Jeremiah 23:5. A good leader must be wise and just like the Messiah…“I will raise a virtuous branch for David, who will reign as true King and be wise, practicing honesty and integrity in the land”.
B.2. Ezekiel 37:24. A good leader unites his people in observing God’s laws. “My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my observances, respect my laws, and practice them”.
B.3. Proverbs 16:12. Evil-doing is abhorrent to good leaders. “Evil-doing is abhorrent to Kings, since virtue is the throne’s foundation”.
B.4. Proverbs 29: 14. Judges the poor with equity. “The king who judges the poor with equity sees his throne set firm forever” (walang palakasan. Pantay-pantay ang tanan).
B. 5. Mark 10: 42-43. Leadership with service. Against despotic power. “You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them (nagapagusto lang), and their men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant”.
B.6. 1 Pet. 2:14. Punish criminals; praise good citizenship. “For the sake of the Lord, acceopt the authority of every social institution; the emperor…the governor as commissioned by him to punish criminals and praise good citizenship” (IN RP criminals go scot-free. Promoters of the integrity of God’s creation are killed).
C. Church’s Teachings on Good Governance.
Document: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (CSDC)
C.1. Good governance promotes the common good. Common good is the good of all people and the whole person, spiritual and material. (CSDC, 394; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1912).
C.2. Good governance is guided by moral law (CSDC, 396)
C.3. Good governance enacts just laws (CSDC, 398)
C.4. Good governance is democratic. Democracy, we always say is government of the people, by the people and for the people.
of the people. The subject of political authority is the people considered in its entirety as those who have sovereignty. Power resides in the people. (CSDC, 395).
by the people. Democratic government “ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices” (CSDC, 406; John Paul II, “Centissimus Annus”, 46). “The mere consent of the people is not however, sufficient for considering “just” the ways in which political authority is exercised. Referendum is only part of the process of decision making. The decision of the Lower House to amend the constitution by themselves, without the participation of the Senate and, what is more, without the participation of the general public is undemocratic, an expression of arrogance and tyranny of the majority in the House, and is, therefore, very bad governance.
for the people. “The common good is the reason political authoritiy exists” (CSDC, 168; Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1910).
Exhortation and challenge.
Bishop Dinualdo exhorted the people to vote wisely this 2010 national elections. This means people will form “circles of discernment” to determine which of the candidates have the three “Cs”: credibility, competence, commitment.
Credibility means honesty, trustworthiness, fidelity to God “Maka-Dios”.
Competence means wisdom, knowledge, skills – capability, suitability to positions candidates aspire for.
Commitment means the sincerity and determination to promote the common good of the people – “Maka-tao”.
Having chosen the candidates with the 3 Cs, members of the circles of discernment should ensure the sanctity/integrity of the election processes: cleansing of voters’ list, voting and making sure their votes are properly counted, recorded/encoded and transmitted.
Bishop Dinualdo warns about vote buying/selling and terrorism.
Christians should not be afraid. God is on our side.
About time that corrupt and incompetent politicians should not be voted into office.
Thousands participated in the celebration that consisted in procession, mass, games, lunch for 3,000, and “Gabi ng Parangal” where 132 received Certificates of Commendation and 6 plaques of meritorious service.
Congratulations to everyone!
NASSA WILL LEAD WITHIN THE WEEK A NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST CON-ASS, ANNOUNCES BISHOP BRODERICK S. PABILLO, NATIONAL DIRECTOR. LET US PARTICIPATE THRU PRESS CONFERENCES AND PRAYERS.
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 537, 13 June 2009)