DIGONG GETS A PASSING GRADE

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 10/07/2016

FROM ARCHBISHOP PALMA TO GOVERNOR DAVIDE Amid the rising death toll in the war against illegal drugs, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma gave President Rodrigo Duterte a passing rate based on the latter’s overall performance in his first…

“Do Sorry”

Francis B. Ongkingco 09/02/2016

A mother came to me saying that she was amused how her son asked her if he could “do sorry” for something wrong he had done. “I immediately corrected his wrong grammar, Father,” she explained. “Oh, did…

Pope: Islam is not terrorism

08/02/2016

Aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis said Sunday that Islam could not be equated with terrorism and warned that Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists. “It’s not true and it’s not correct (to…

Vidal offers to mend Duterte-CBCP gap

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 07/15/2016

Hoping to bridge the gap between Catholic Church bishops and the new administration, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Wednesday visited President Rodrigo Duterte in what the prelate considered as a worthwhile encounter with the country’s…

Duterte promotes birth control

06/28/2016

DAVAO, Philippines — The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic Church, which staunchly opposes the use…

Duterte’s tirades

05/26/2016

Having won the elections with an impressive margin, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte didn’t have to rub it in the noses of the Catholic bishops who clearly opposed his candidacy via statements and pastoral letters to their faithful. But…

Hypocrite Nation

Raymund Fernandez 05/24/2016

It is the measure of how low we have come in the political discourse when would-be leaders declare how bad they are and then accuse everyone else, especially their opponents, of being hypocrites. It would seem innocuous.…

Digong slams Catholic Church’s stand on family planning

05/22/2016

Davao City — Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he would push for family planning, saying the Church’s beliefs were no longer relevant. “It will do us good. Mas…

Palma: Respect life; no to death penalty

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Jameela Antoniette I. Mendoza 05/18/2016

How much do we respect life? How much do we want to defend the right of innocent people (who are wrongly accused of doing something bad)? Do we give a chance to those who committed crimes and…

Vote-buying a ‘social sin’, Church reminds voters

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 02/13/2016

Catholic Church officials joined their voices to the appeal by the Commission on Elections (Comelec)  to voters not to engage in vote-buying yesterday, saying it is a “social sin.” Cebu Provincial Election Officer Ferdinand Gujilde admitted they…

No bloc voting for Church in 2016 polls, say priests

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 09/25/2015

While corruption continues to hound the government, two Cebuano priests said the Catholic Church will never endorse candidates or compel its members to vote for particular individuals. “All we could do is  educate voters  and hope that…

Catholic Church celebrates Mother Mary’s birthday

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 09/08/2015

Catholics all over the world celebrate the traditional birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary today. In Cebu, thousands of devotees are expected to troop to the Marian shrine in Simala, Sibonga town. A 10 a.m. Mass at…

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