Decline In Catholic Populations: Philippines and Brazil, Lessons In Parallel

Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world. It has long surpassed the numbers of the congregation enjoyed by European countries from whence Catholicism has had roots. Of late there seems to be trouble in this Catholic dominant country due to the rate of decline of its membership caused by the slow rate of [...]

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Occupy Wall Street – What’s It All About

Occupy Wall Street or OWS is a response to the discomfiture that Americans feel on the aftermath of economic and financial debacles which led to the loss of money, homes and jobs of the ordinary Americans, I think… I’m not sure. At its present status it may well just be an expression of disgust, helplessness, [...]

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Steve Jobs: What He Leaves Us

Steve Jobs is gone. He has left us with a lot of toys and indispensable gadgets to remember him by. A technically excellent person, an innovator, a free-wheeling genius who challenged convention, tore down boiler-plated wisdom, created a workplace where inspiration for excellence was the word. From some of the memorable quotes ascribed to this [...]

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Pnoy Had A Wish…

Recently, Pnoy announced that his wish is to have an early prosecution of the graft and other high profile cases by 2012. It is a laudable thought but expressed rather weakly as a wish and like wishes one would need a magical wand to make them come true. With the snail’s pace our justice system [...]

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“Nadobol Jeopardy Na Ba Tayo Ni Gen. Garcia?” and some such questions

It has been joked about that cases against erring government officials are like the lyrics of the song “Mona Lisa” because cases have been brought to justice’s doorstep but “they just lie there and they die there”. Our lawyers are very adept at prolonging the judicial processes of cases that seem patently indefensible and desperately [...]

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The power of prayer

Fr. Reuter, in his wisdom, borne by long experience in servitude to the Lord, is so right when he said that the Philippines is on a fixed course towards destruction (his article *Let no one make us afraid… for in the end, only God remains is reprinted here). There had been no lack of effort [...]

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A long and narrow road to Pnoy’s goal

Soon Pnoy will deliver his SONA after a year in office. Don’t mistake this for Sojo’s SONA, a rude but clever way of attracting attention which media is often guilty of. Sojo may have unwittingly vandalized a traditional, important and anticipated report coming from no less than the highest post of the land. Although Sojo’s naming of her program came much earlier on it does contribute to the more recent effort of some to put down the president’s SONA as a trivial piece of prose [...]

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The RH Bill – What Debate?

To call the RH bill discussions a debate is a misnomer. No amount of persuasive reasoning can cause the Catholic Church to change its stand. It is an order to its flock that has to be followed religiously and the pulpit is the appropriate medium for this [...]

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Made in China

The “made in China” bugaboo is reminiscent of the post war Japan products, and following a bit later, the Taiwanese products, both of which acquired the stigma of being shoddily made and invariably looked at as synonymous to cheap and inferior [...]

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Remember the Congress of 2011

I have often wondered why there are holidays that celebrate downfalls and defeats of empires, institutions and battlegrounds when these events do not seem to have any cause for celebration. There are plenty of examples in world history where these debacles are feted and celebrated on the date of their occurrence. The Fall of the [...]

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