Catholic Bishops Comment on Life in Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines has issued a statement on “public life through moral values” in the
Philippines. I have posted the statement for download in a public file on my
website.

Poverty remains
the heaviest
burden our
people bear–
Catholic Bishops’
Conference of the
Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has issued a statement on public life in the Philippines. Based on what the bishops say they have heard from parishoners in local parishes, it is a reasoned, well-conceived critique of the current state of civic life in the Philippines. It’s significant because the Roman Catholic Church is the predominant religious community in the country.

The Conference cannot be easily characterized as radical extremists as human rights workers, clergy and laity from the smaller Protestant faith groups, and those from indigenous communities have recently been characterized. The picture the bishops paint is consistent with the descriptions of human rights delegations that have commented on the extrajudicial killings and other abuses in the past several months in the Philippines. (I was a member of such a delegation on Jan. 3-5, 2006.)

The bishops reflect a broad connection to those at the grassroots throughout the nation. They report a loss of trust in public institutions, “a sense of hopelessness about our country and the possibility of genuine reform” and the reality of povery which remains “the heaviest burden our people bear.”

I have posted the full text of the statement at this link on Perspectives Extra.

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