Written on 14 February 2015, 13.00 by Gene C. Alberto

What does the Church teach about war?

The Book of Samuel details many military exploits of King David, who was divinely appointed as commander of God’s people (see 1 Sm 13:4).  Other biblical books tell how God sometimes gave instructions for the Israelites to go to war (see Jgs 1:1-2)

The New Testament standard replaces the Old Testament example in this regard.  For example, Jesus’ gospel command to “offer no resistance to one who is evil” (Mt 5:39), and His warning that “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (see Mt. 26:51-54).

Nevertheless, the natural law allows for self-defense and Scripture commands us to defend and “rescue the lowly and poor; and deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Ps 82:4).


Can public authorities impose on citizens to join the war?

As the Catechism teaches, then, on occasion war can indeed be just, the public authorities can “impose on citizens the obligations necessary for national defense.”  But “the strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration” (2310 amd 2309).  For instance, all other means to resolve the issue must be proven futile (see 2309).

Meanwhile, the Church urges all people, especially governments, to work for peace – not just the avoidance of war, but the creation of just conditions that lead to social justice and political tranquility.  “Blessed are the peacemaker for they will be called children of God” (Mt 5:9).

References: Jgs 1:1-12, 1 Sm 13:14, 2 Sm 8:1-14, Ps 82:3-4, Mt 5:39, 26; 51-54, Mk 1:7, Lk 21:9,  Rom 14:19 Catechism of the Catholic Church:  2063, 2267, 2302, 2317, 2321, 2327, 2330.



Forty-eight years ago

Today, our beloved parish, the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (SAAP) celebrates another milestone. Forty-eight years ago, on a clear sunny day, February 8, 1967, the cornerstone of the building of this Parish was laid. It was a dream come true for the Catholic church-going residents of two villages, the San Miguel  Village and Bel-Air  Village . Two years earlier, in 1965,  the Christian Family Movement units of these two villages petitioned for the establishment of an independent Parish.  After two long years of waiting His Eminence Rufino Cardinal Santos granted the petition. Immediately Parish plans were afoot and construction began.   The ground breaking ceremony on that fateful February 8, 1967 coincided with the 69th birth anniversary of the late Don Andres Soriano y Roxas Sr., in whose name and honor the building was funded.

It is to the credit of two great names in business- the Sorianos and the Ayalas -  that saw the birth of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. Don Andres Soriano, Jr., Chairman and President of San Miguel Corporation saw the wisdom of a Parish more accessible and convenient to the residents of San Miguel and Bel Air. The Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Poblacion to which they belong  is quite far off.  Don Andres Jr., offered to fully fund the construction of the Parish building. It will be constructed  on a 3,494 square meter lot (its present location) donated by the Ayala family through the Makati Development Corporation. Upon the start of construction, Father Emilio Bularan was appointed  Parish Priest.

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‘I am here to be with you.’ The Holy Father stayed with us for a while, and seeing him passed by was a grace. One could feel that Jesus is truly inside him. It was not just a visit, it was indeed a spiritual

renewal of faith. He has won the hearts of devout and doubters alike with his emphasis in the need to return to the basic teachings of Christ.


He made the call for the Church to be a “poor Church for the poor”. He urged the Church leaders and the lay faithful to live simply and love the poor which is the social doctrine of the Church. He saw the existing situations in our society. While too many people live below poverty level, others are caught up in materialism and extravagant lifestyle. They are distractive to the most basic demands of Christian morality.

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Maligayang Pagdating

The Pope dressed in white ancient custom, with a cross over his chest disembarked from the flag carrier of Sri Lanka at Villamor Air Base at 5:45pm, Thursday the 15th of January.
In front of the TV set where I watched the Apostolic visit of the Holy Father, I felt confronted with him. This man of God is a mystery in and himself, a sign of contradiction. He is leader of the Catholic Church and the Vicar of Christ. He is considered the man of earth who represents the Son of God, “who takes the place” of the second person of the Omnipotent God of the Trinity.
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on a cold night of December 17, 1936 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the eldest among the five children of Mario Jose Francisco Bergoglio and Regina Sivori. Both Italian descent.

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