COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 863      Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                                    28 February 2016


Last 25 February 2016 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLT.  We were happy on 25 February 1986 when the dictator Marcos fled.  We thanked God for blessing the peaceful people power revolt.  We had high expectations: genuine democracy, peace, justice for all.

But these desired changes did not materialize.


Because of three interlocking causes: (1) people’s apathy/indifference; (2) post EDSA I government officials are traditional politicians; majority are corrupt and incompetent; (3) system: morally corrupt, economically exclusive, elitocracy, culturally insensitive, and destructive of the environment (mining, coal-fired power plant, aerial spray).

 What to do?

  1. Conversion of individual person through integral faith formation. Everyone should realize that promotion of the common good is the responsibility of all (cf. Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church, 166).

“Kapwako, pananagutanko.” Study the Bible and Teachings of the Church; pray and celebrate the sacraments; “act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6: 8).  We should have the humility to accept our failures after EDSA I.

  1. Massive education in the Church’s social teachings, systematic and relevant to time and place. Voter’s education, c/o Diocesan Social Action Center.
  1. Judicious choice of candidates. Judge whether candidate has four (4) Cs, that is: (1) commitment to the common good; (2) competence; (3) credibility; and (4) compassion.

Common good: food, water, clothing, shelter, health care, education, job, leisure; human life, human dignity, human rights including freedom of information, communication, travel, religion; and a balanced and healthy environment.

  1. Volunteer for the Voters’ Assistance Center (VAC).
  1. Solid organizing through the building and strengthening of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs/GKKs).
  1. Networking with groups who promote the common good.
  1. Action: faith-motivated, communal, continuous.

Some Bible verses which urge us to transform persons and social structures.

  1. Jeremiah 1: 10. “Look, today I am setting you over nations and over kingdoms, to tear up and to knock down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

We destroyed a one-man rule, dictatorship, inhuman and unjust.  We need to build and plant genuine democracy, justice, love and compassion – a new civilization of life and love.

  1. At the last judgment Jesus will say:

“I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see.” “Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you’…and the King will answer, ‘I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, youdidittome (Gospel of the 5 fingers).”  To the cursed he will say “Go away from me…to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you never gave me food…I will tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.  And they will go to eternaljudgment, and the virtuous to eternal life.” (Mt. 25: 35-46)

Jesus identifies himself with the needy.  When we help the needy, we are doing God’s will.  We will be rewarded with eternal, complete happiness.

01  – Pastoral Visit, Milbuk, 9am 14  – Mass & Conference, Poor Clares, 9am
02  – Pastoral Visit, Maitum, 9am 15  – Pastoral Visit, Holy Cross, Calumpang, 9am
03  – Pastoral Visit, Kiamba, 9am 16  – Pastoral Visit, O.L. of Fatima, 9am
04  – Pastoral Visit, Maasim, 9am 17  – Mass & Conference, TOEs, Bp.’s Res., 9am
05  – Conference w/ CFC Global, Bp.’s Res., 6pm 18  – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Marbel, 8:30am
06  – 4th Sunday of Lent, “Laetare (Rejoice) Sun.”      – Confe., PREX Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm
07  – Investiture, 6 Seminarians, OLPHS Big 19  – Patronal Fiesta, St. Joseph, Malungon, 9am
  Chapel, 4:30pm 20  – PALM SUNDAY
08  – Pastoral Visit, St. Michael Archangel, 9am 21  – Diaconal Ordination, 3 seminarians, 4pm
09  – Pastoral Visit, OLPGVP, 9am    (Tentative)
10  – Pastoral Visit, Sts. Peter & Paul, 9am 22  – Chrism Mass, Christ the King Cathedral,
11  – Pastoral Visit, Sto. Niño de Bula, 9am   9am
     – Mtg., Principals, Diocesan Schools, Bp.’s 24  – HOLY THURSDAY
  Res., 10am 25 – GOOD FRIDAY
12  – Talakayan, DXCP, 10am 26  – Easter Vigil
13  – 27th CWL Diocesan Convention, ND Siena 27  – EASTER SUNDAY
  College, Polomolok      – DXCP Mass, 10am


            Pastoral visits will be conducted by the Vicar General, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Romeo Buenaobra.  Bishop will send a video-taped message on Elections 2016.


Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Arturo Pancho (March 04); Fr. Joe-anPaez (March 07); Fr. CeriloCasicas (March 18); and Fr. NoePedrajas (March 22).

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