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Demand justice for slain Cagayan priest despite impunity, Manila auxiliary bishop urges

“We are calling for justice at nakaka-discourage ngayon magtawag ng justice na hindi tumatalim,” Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged Thomasians to demand justice for slain Cagayan priest and UST Philosophy alumnus Mark Anthony Ventura during a mass for clergy and religious people killed by violence at the Santissimo Rosario Parish last Friday, May 4.

“We are calling for justice at nakaka-discourage ngayon magtawag ng justice na hindi tumatalim,” Pabillo said during his homily.

In the same homily, he lauded Ventura as “a man who suffered because of his work for the kingdom of God.”

“Somehow Father Mark Anthony has fulfilled what Jesus said that no slave is greater than his master. If they persecuted them, the Lord who is our master, we can expect, if we are true to our mission, that we also would suffer persecution,” Pabillo stated further.

Nonetheless, he urged Thomasians to not keep silent in the face of violence and impunity.

“So whatever it is, we cannot keep silent. Gamitin natin ngayon ang mga instrument na nasa kamay natin at wala nang makakasabi na ‘wala ako magawa kasi wala akong boses,’” Pabillo called.

 

‘Culture of impunity’ killed Ventura

Pabillo lamented Ventura’s death as a product of “the culture of impunity,” continuing in his homily that “pati na yung alagad ng batas ay kasama sa paggawa ng krimen.”

Ventura, 37, was shot dead by unidentified assailants right after Sunday Mass last April 29, at Gattaran, Cagayan while he was blessing children.

A priest for almost seven years, Ventura was also known for his staunch stance against mining and for helping indigenous peoples in Cagayan. His death follows the killing of activist-priest Marcelito Paez December last year.

Commenting on the recent cases of clergy killings as well as the shooting of Dumaguete broadcaster Edmund Sestoso last April 30, Pabillo told TomasinoWeb that “Ang problema natin diyan ay yung impunity nga na walang pananagutan at walang nananagot. Hindi nila mapanagot. Kaya, either napakahina nila o kaya complicit sila, kasama sila.”

Pabillo also said that he believes the murder of Ventura is economically and politically motivated.

“Wala ka namang papatayin na pari kung walang interes ‘yan, political o economic interests. Ibig sabihin, may tinatamaan diyan that they have to kill somebody to do that,” he stated.

Embattled Australian nun Patricia Fox, who was also present during the mass, urged an end to impunity.

“Siyempre, every life is sacred. Walang karapatang agawin ang buhay. No one has the right take someone else’s life and we have to start bringing people to justice. Impunity has to stop,” Fox told TomasinoWeb.

Fox joined Pabillo as he led a candle lighting vigil at the Martyr’s Carillion for Ventura right after the mass. Progressive groups also led a separate candle lighting protest for Fox and Ventura at the Gate 2 of the University following the vigil.–H.M. Amoroso, P. Jamilla

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UST, hinikayat ipagpatuloy ang gawain ni Santo Domingo de Guzman

Hinimok ng UST Vice Chancellor ang Unibersidad noong Martes, Agosto 7, na ipagpatuloy ang gawain nitong paggabay sa mga Tomasino palapit sa Diyos.

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Hinimok ng UST Vice Chancellor ang Unibersidad noong Martes, Agosto 7, na ipagpatuloy ang gawain nitong paggabay sa mga Tomasino palapit sa Diyos.

Ayon kay Very Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., O.P., ang paggabay na ito ay gawain ni Santo Domingo de Guzman, ang ama ng Order of Preachers, noong nabubuhay pa siya.

“Nawa’y ang Unibersidad na ito ay patuloy na punan ang pangangailangan [na mas makilala ang Diyos] ng ating mga estudyante at ibigay ang sagot sa kanilang mga tanong sa sarili at sa mundong kanilang tatahakin,” aniya sa kaniyang sermon sa misang handog para sa pista ni Santo Domingo.

Pinuri rin ng Prior Provincial ng Dominican Province ng Pilipinas ang Unibersidad sa tuloy-tuloy nitong paglaganap ng salita ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon.

“Naniniwala ako sa ministeryong pangangaral dito sa [UST]. Ang prayoridad ng Dominikanong probinsya ng Pilipinas sa paglaganap ng ebanghelyo sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon, karamihan sa inyo ay katulong namin sa misyong ito,” sabi ni Sipalay.

Dagdag pa rito, ipinaalala niya sa mga Dominikano sa bansa na tularan ang ginawang pagsagot ni Santo Domingo sa pangangailangan ng mga tao sa kaniyang panahon.

“Tinugunan niya (Santo Domingo) ang mga pangangailangan ng kaniyang panahon, ito naman ang ating pagkakataon upang punan ang mga pangangailangan ngayon… Gawin natin itong paglilingkod na na ipinasa sa atin ni Dominic, ang pag bahagi ng magandang balita ni Hesus sa mundo,” aniya.

Dinaluhan ng mga pari, mga Dominikano, mga Tomasino at mga guro ang misang ginanap sa simbahan ng Santisimo Rosario bilang pagdiriwang sa pista ni Santo Domingo.

Ang pista ni Santo Domingo ay ginaganap tuwing ika-8 ng Agosto, ang pagkasilang niya sa Calaruega sa Espanya noong 1170. Walang pasok ang Unibersidad bukas upang ipagdiriwang ito. Beatrice Laforga

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Patuloy na maghanap ng katotohanan, hikayat ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa

Inanyayahan ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa sa Pilipinas ang mga estudyante, mga guro at mga miyembro ng fakultad ng Unibersidad na magpatuloy sa paghahanap ng katotohanan ngayong bagong akademikong taon.

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Inanyayahan ng kinatawan ng Santo Papa sa Pilipinas ang mga estudyante, mga guro at mga miyembro ng fakultad ng Unibersidad na magpatuloy sa paghahanap ng katotohanan ngayong bagong akademikong taon.

Sa kaniyang homiliya sa Misa de Apertura sa Parokya ng Santisimo Rosario kaninang umaga, winika ni Arsobispo Gabriele Giordano Caccia, ang papal nuncio o ambasador ng Vatican sa Pilipinas, na kahit ano man ang propesyon na nais kunin, dapat hanapin pa rin ang katotohanan.

“Maraming iba’t ibang produkto [ang maaari mong makamit] ngunit kung saan mo [man] ilagay ang iyong sarili, sana itong simpleng sagot ang iyong mabibigay: ‘Dahil ako ay naghahanap ng katotohanan,’” sinabi ni Caccia.

Ipinaliwanag pa ni Caccia na importanteng talakayin ang katotohanan sa paparating na akademikong taon upang “hindi magabayan ng ibang mga interes.”

“Kapag ikaw ay tumigil sa paghahanap ng katotohanan, gagabayan tayo ng iba’t ibang interes…. [I]ka nga ni Hesus: Ang katotohanan ay ang magpapalaya sayo. Kapag tayo ay hindi nakalakip sa katotohanan, iba’t ibang lore ang gagabay sa ating buhay,” ani Caccia.

Binigyan-diin din niya ang lohika ng Espiritu Santo na kung saan “kapag ikaw ay nagbahagi, ikaw ay mas yumayaman.”

Iklinaro, gayunpaman, ni Caccia na “tayo ay pagmamay-ari ng katotohanan at iyon ang kagalakan ng kalangitan.”

Ang Misa de Apertura, o ang Misa ng Espiritu Santo, ay ipinagdiriwang upang salubungin ang bagong akademikong taon sa UST.

Ang mga iba pang aktibidad ng pagsalubong para sa mga mag-aaral sa unang antas ng kolehiyo ay nakatakda sa ika-3 ng Agosto.

Nakatakda naman sa ika-6 ng Agosto ang tradisyunal na pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries, o ang Thomasian Welcome Walk, isang makahulugang pagsalubong sa Unibersidad.

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Church at stake with decline in attendees, priest says

A Catholic priest warned on Saturday that the Church is at stake if its number of attendees continue to go down.

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A Catholic priest warned on Saturday that the Church is at stake if its number of attendees continue to go down.

“The Filipino Church is bleeding. Those Catholics who stopped going to church…it will continue. And given enough time, the very life of the Church, even in the Philippines, can be at stake,” Fr. James Mallon said during his plenary talk on the fourth day of the Fifth Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization (PCNE).

Last year, Social Weather Stations reported a 23-point decline in Filipino Catholics’ weekly church attendance from 1991 to 2017, stating the decrease is “highly significant,” statistically speaking.

Mallon, the episcopal vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in Canada, claimed this change was due to the Church’s negligence to acknowledge the dilemma and its refusal to change the system.

“Everything is okay, we know that there’s a decline but…the impact of parishes on the community is often negligible because the church has become inward-focused[.] We seek a simple fix and there’s [no] simple fix,” he said.

He added that the institution should not resist, as Pope Francis advised, the shift from a “maintenance mode” to a “missionary mode.”

“[The Church believes] we need to adjust something. What Pope Francis is talking about is not just adjustment. He is talking about the transformation of the entire Church to live out this missionary option,” he stated.

Mallon, however, said the country could change its system and attract more Church-goers without compromising their faith since it still remains to be one of the “most Catholic” countries in the world.

“You (the Philippines) have the luxury of time…to begin to change gears. Method or mission? This is what he (Pope Francis) was asking us. If we can let go of our method, our structures, our ways of doing things for the sake of evangelization of today’s world [without compromising] what is essential in our faith not at all…then there’s reason for great hope,” he said.

The fourth day of PCNE was held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

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