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con-ass proponents are like rapists – cardinal rosales

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment


when cardinal rosales took over as archbishop of manila, the country and most specially civil society gave a collective ho-hum. some mourned. for good reason – rosales replaced the hugely popular and well-loved cardinal jaime sin.

cardinal sin is known for his wit and intelligence and above all, his activism in philippine political and national life. he is largely credited for the beginnings of the People Power Revolution that removed ferdinand marcos in 1986.

nobody will forget that day. people were just starting to gather in EDSA, then over the radio cardinal sin asked catholics to get out of their homes and proceed to isetan in cubao, the starting point for a march towards camp crame edsa for the people to protect camp crame and camp aguinaldo. the rest is history.

that kind of involvement is something everyone knew rosales will not give. and true enough, upon his installation in the highest position in the philippine catholic church, he simply disappeared into nowhere saying nothing about what was happening to the country. all of a sudden the archdiocese of manila turned silent, the exact opposite of what it was before. not only that, he instructed priests and bishops not to meddle in political affairs.

that was rosales then, but the rosales that we hear now is very, very different.

the bishops and now being led by rosales have been very vocal about the cha-cha and con-ass, the move by arroyo supporters to change the constitution to enable a term extension that can mean arroyo will install herself as president for life of the philippines.

cardinal rosales has transformed himself. and his latest statement to describe allowing the congressmen to form themselves into a con-ass to amend the constitution : “It’s like entrusting your teenage daughter in the care of a rapist.”

that statement is just one of many signs, words said, rallies organized and movements led that is pointing to a more active involvement of catholic bishops in national issues.

welcome, cardinal rosales. i am sure cardinal sin is smiling in heaven.

Cardinal: Con-ass backers like rapists

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:13:00 12/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has expressed what may yet be his sharpest rebuke of administration lawmakers pushing a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution.

“It’s like entrusting your teenage daughter in the care of a rapist,” Rosales told reporters. “I’m sorry for the analogy, but you get the idea.”

The cardinal said it would not be prudent to allow certain members of the House of Representatives to perform the task of Charter change because of their vested interests including “political dynasties.”

He added: “[There] is a danger of extending [the term of] the present administration and those who are occupying positions [in it] down to the last office.”

But Rosales, who now holds the prelature from which the late Jaime Cardinal Sin called on the people to overthrow two presidents, indicated the Catholic hierarchy’s support for “improving the Constitution.”

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groups unite to kick arroyo’s con-ass

December 12, 2008 Leave a comment

groups from all persuations seem to have come together to one point – kick arroyo’s con-ass.

yesterday, the senate, an astounding 23 of them voted against arroyo’s con-ass. today, a rally will be held in makati to protest the con-ass.

the rally today is significant as this is catholic church based. the catholic church is one of the forces that has borught down marcos and estrada through people power and edsa dos.

cardinal rosales, the archbishop of manila, the country’s top prelate has broken his silence and has come out to go against arroyo’s con-ass. unlike cardinal sin, rosales’ predecessor, cardinal rosales has elected to be low key. he even gave a directive to the priests not to get involved in politics. but that has changed now.

rosales has strongly spoken against arroyo’s con-ass. his words, yesterday:

“Let’s stop all this foolishness,” Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said in a statement released by his office Thursday, voicing the sentiments of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on moves in the House to convene a constituent assembly (Con-ass).

that wasn’t the first time rosales has spoken against arroyo’s con-ass and those will not be the last. rosales will most probably be in the rally today and he will speak his words again. his and other groups words will be heard in protest against arroyo’s con-ass.



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