Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cardinal Tagle stops prayer for rain


From the Website of CBCP

Cardinal Tagle stops prayer for rain

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MANILA, June 19, 2014— Now that the rainy season has started, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ordered the lifting of the obligatory prayer for rain in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Tagle issued an order to the heads of secular institutes, the clergy and the religious in the archdiocese this week, citing the weather bureau’s pronouncement of the end of summer and the start of the rainy season.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Photo: CBCP News)
“Thanks be to God. The government weather agency has officially declared the start of the rainy season in our country,” Tagle said.

The cardinal issued the prayer for rains, Oration Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam, last May 18 during what seemed to be a dry spell that could bring about a power and water shortage.

“There are signs that the crisis of water has been averted and nature has given us relief. Our prayers and supplications have been answered,” he said.

Still, he said the faithful should continue to pray “for good weather, for sufficient water for our fields and reservoir, for temperature storms, and safety from devastating floods and winds.”

“This we ask even as we commit ourselves to the care of the environment and to a more responsible attitude and behavior on the use of our natural resources,” Tagle added.
“Let us all be good stewards of the wonderful gifts that our loving God gives us,” he said. (CBCPNews)


CBCP: We do not demand ‘pork’ indictees’ public apology

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MANILA, June 21, 2014 — Amidst the confusion caused by varying opinions on the issue, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday made clear that it has not demanded a public apology from individuals allegedly involved in the multibillion peso pork barrel scandal.

“As President of CBCP, I wish to inform the public that the CBCP has never demanded a public apology of those indicted in connection with the PDAF issue,” said Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the CBCP.

“I ask the public not to confuse the personal opinions of individual bishops with that of the CBCP,” he added.

Villegas made the statement days after CBCP executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said in an interview that senators charged with plunder “should seek forgiveness from the people [who voted for them] and return the money they stole [from the national coffers].”

“It’s not only the sense of shame but they also seem to lack conscience. We have come to a point that our politicians are no longer bothered by their conscience and their only goal is not to get caught by using anything at their disposal,” Gariguez was quoted as saying.

Villegas noted that it is not up to the collegial body of Filipino bishops to determine the accountability of those who are accused of plunder on a judicial standpoint.

“It is for the judiciary to determine guilt or innocence on the basis of law and evidence. The CBCP prays that justice be our common goal and conversion our common endeavor,” he said.

Last June 6, Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and five others were indicted in the Sandiganbayan for plunder over the alleged siphoning of state anti-poverty and development funds.

In an earlier statement, the CBCP president called on Filipinos not to condemn those who are allegedly involved in the multi-billion peso pork barrel controversy, and instead push for conversion and renewal.
“Who are we to condemn? Let the one who has no sin be the first to cast a stone,” Villegas said.

“We embrace all who have wronged society as our brothers and sisters and continue to pray, that as God’s people, we may all walk the path of conversion and renewal,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)

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