COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  803       Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                           09 February 2015

  1. PAPAL VISIT

Pope Francis visited the Philippines, 15-19 January 2015.  January 16 and 18, Manila.  January 17, Tacloban.  Tacloban visit was shortened because of very bad weather.

Estimated crowd in Manila: 6 – 7 million.

Quotes:

  • “Reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor and to make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community.” (Malacañang, 16 January).
  • “Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters.” (Cathedral, January 16).

Note:  embrace poverty and reject materialism.

  • “Rest is also essential for our spiritual health, so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us.” (Mall of Asia Arena, January 16)
  • “To be wise, use 3 languages: think well, feel well and do well. And to be wise allow yourselves to be surprised by the love of God.  That will guarantee a good life.” (UST, January 18)
  • “We need to care for our young people, not allowing then to be robbed of hope and condemned to life on the streets.” (Luneta, January 18)
  • “Families are threatened by ideological colonization: Same sex marriage, sexuality, marriage” (Cathedral and Mall of Asia Arena, 16 January)

Comments.

In the past weaker countries were colonized by the use of arms.  Philippines was colonized by Spain through the sword and guns.  Second colonizer was the United States.  For a while we were a colony of Japan.  Then, a colony of the U.S.

Now, WB-IMF, USA and other rich countries IMPOSED their IDEAS on poor countries.

 Economic – free trade, open business to foreign corporations, model of development: principally economic.  Political – no candidate for president wins without the blessing of Uncle Sam.  Cultural – religious: secularism, materialism.  “Santa Claus is coming to town” – not Jesus?  “Happy Holidays” – not Merry Christmas?  The greatest ideology is population control: RH Law, same-sex union, lesbian, gay, changing the concept of marriage as a love union between a man and a woman to a union of two males or two females simply for sexual pleasures.  Unless we do something effective, Christian families will disappear.  These things are attacks on our Christian Faith!

 

  1. CBCP 110TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY

Pius XII Center, Manila, January 20-22, 2015.

Attendance:  83 of 87 bishops, 6 diocesan administrators and 12 retired bishops.

Output: 3 documents.

(1) “From Euphoria to Reality to Mission”

(Post papal visit statement)

  • People “happily cheered, clapped their hands, waved their handkerchiefs or bandanas, raised their children, and shrieked, and cried.”
  • The Holy Father spoke to us with his heart, in his beloved language (Spanish)”.
  • After reflection on Pope Francis’ words “come up with” actions. Pope Francis said: “act”.

(2) “Guide our Feet into the Way of Peace.”

(Lk. 1: 79) (Pastoral Statement on the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.”)

  • Our perspective as religious leaders: listen and discern.
  • Peace is God’s gift. Peace is in and of the heart.  Peace is harmony.  Peace comes with justice.
  • Some concerns of justice: time-free 10% requirement of a referendum may expand the territory; exclusive right over education; ambiguous concept of contiguity by water; land related; etc.
  • Peace comes with fairness and equity. Peace is unity through dialogue.
  • Recommendations: congress to sift objectively and wisely through BBL,. Considering national sovereignty and territorial integrity; fundamental human rights and freedoms of the non-Muslim peoples in the Bangsamoro be respected and promoted.
  • A significantly improved BBL will bring just and lasting peace.

(3) “Walk on Rich in Thanksgiving!”

(Pastoral exhortation in the Year of Consecrated Life)

The year started on First Sunday of Advent 2014; will end on 2 February 2016.

Purpose: “Make a grateful remembrance of the recent past while embracing the future with hope.”

  • Grateful remembrance. Pit Señor! (Cebu).  First missionaries from Spain and Mexico, Italy, Germany and Central Europe.  Augustinians – 1565, Franciscans – 1578; Jesuits – 1581.  Dominicans – 1587, etc.
  • Embracing the future with hope. The religious continue today their various apostolates – in joy!

 

  1. FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

 

01 – Recollection, AR Srs., Bp.’s Res., 9am 14 – Talakayan, DXCP, GSC, 10am
  (c/o Fr. Roming B.) 15 – AWRSC (no details)
07 – Meeting, Laycos Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 9am 18 – ASH Wednesday
    – Gathering, CFC Global, SagradaFamilia 21 – Mass & Confirmation, SMAP, 9am
  Parish, Koronadal, 6pm 23 – Paghidait, Gen. Annual Stockholders,
11 – Fiesta.  Surallah, 9:30am   Casa Gemma, 2pm
    – Fiesta Mass, Polomolok, 9am 27 – Conference, PREX-Marbel, Bp.’s Res.
13 – Mass.  Adoration Chapel, 8:30am 28 – Mass & Confirmation, Norala, 9am

 

  1. FEBRUARY, PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations and happy anniversary to Fr. Ernesto Bendita (Feb. 09); Fr. HerminioHongayo (Feb. 22); Fr. Rene Dasilao (Feb. 27); and Fr. Rafael Cabrido (Feb. 27).

 

  1. FEBRUARY, BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to Fr. Ricky Emboltorio (Feb. 05); Fr. Rolando Japitana (Feb. 17); and BISHOP DINUALDO D. GUTIERREZ, D.D. (Feb. 20).

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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