Beyond Tolerance

The widely publicized adversary and slander to the Catholic Church wherein a certain Mr. Celdran used language loaded with irrelevant emotional overtones prompted me to react.

I have nothing but goodwill and love for men of every faith or belief and I do not engage in the intellectual dishonesty of parroting statements of thoughtless people.

The Catholic church is not dictatorial, conclusive or “Damaso” as Mr. Celdran staged it at the Manila Cathedral some weeks ago. The Catholic Church has been clothed by her Founder, Jesus Christ, with authority to teach “all nations”. The Church is infalliable in teaching the essentials of truth and morals, preserved from error. The divine truth is entrusted to her and therefore, like her founder, she speaks with authority – not in a spirit of pride or arrogance but out of simple loyalty to her Founder and great love for mankind.

 

The Church is kind and loving mother and her only concern is salvation of all men. She is not dictatorial. She fits admirably into the spirit of genius of democracy, and feels as completely at home into the democratic spirit.

 

If only we keep this in mind, we would avoid the mistake on casting the stone to persons upon the Church for living up to a moral judgement in which they sincerely and honestly believe. IT is totally unfair and unchristian to accuse them deliberately when they are really acting according to the light of their conscience and hence are blameless before God.

As Christian citizens, we do not wish to be less than what God intended us to be, thus, we need to be vigilant with our government. On the part of our government, it should exercise care and caution that in no way will it mar the image of God in both the led and the leader.

May we find the courage to say no to the things and preferences run counts to God’s will. May we be resolute when we say “No” and be sure when we say “Yes.”

As faith in Christ requires positive, assured action, so does survival of democracy in our country requires our active participation. Not by slander or by silence are we to survive in both worlds.
Let us see God moving in the hallways of power.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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