From Pope Francis.
As many voices in your nation have pointed out, it is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good. In this way they will help preserve the rich human and natural resources with which God has blessed this country.
Thus will they be able to marshall the moral resources needed to face the demands of the present, and to pass on to coming generations a society of authentic justice, solidarity and peace.
Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor.
It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise toglaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.
- Pope Francis’ speech (excerpt) at Malacañang after his courtesy call on President Aquino on Friday, January 16, 2015.
From the CBCP
here are indispensable requirements that will serve as democratic instruments for establishing and securing societal changes. “The first requirement is a wise, informed and formed electorate. The second requirement is the existence of conditions that will enable voters to choose freely. The third requirement is the organization of our people down to the precinct level to combat the age—old practices calculated to falsify the expressed wishes of the people and to attain victory at any cost. (CBCP Pastoral Letter on Preparing for the 1992 Elections, 22 July 1991).
From Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez
SEVEN POSITIVES; FOPUR Negatives
Positives: Christian leaders are servants, shepherds and stewards (3S), who are committed to the common good, competent, credible and compassionate (4 Cs).
Negatives: No to Gold, Guns, Goons and Guile (Deceit).