Archbishop Cruz and the “Public Sinner”

Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz recently said that public sinners should not be given the Holy communion. News reports said he was referring to Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo — the Philippines’ de facto president who is accused of election fraud and corruption. But the maverick archbishop denied he called Arroyo a public sinner who should not be… Continue reading Archbishop Cruz and the “Public Sinner”

Laymen or Clergy?

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, though an entry on his blog, has asked Pope Benedict XVI not to accept President Arroyo’s invitation to visit the Philippines. His Excellency wrote that “a papal visit to the country might be neither wise nor prudent these times.” “The country is anything but safe and crime free. The visit will give… Continue reading Laymen or Clergy?

Ang Kapatiran Website Changes Server

Ang Kapatiran or Alliance for Common Good, a lesser-known political party that promotes “politics of virtue” and “politics of duty”, appears to be popular in cyberspace. Its website was not functioning properly when I visited it yesterday. Today, it reports that it has “experienced a surge in members wanting to register, and have run into… Continue reading Ang Kapatiran Website Changes Server


Some religions are truly the opium of the masses. While the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines expressed its opposition to the increase in VAT (as well as Charter change), and members of other Christian denominations are protesting in the streets against the VAT bill, the Iglesia ni Manalo–errr, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC)– is reportedly… Continue reading INC and VAT

Bush vs. Jesus

Found this at David Hopkin’s blog. I copied the entire post: As part of “Piss-Off-Bush Monday”, here’s an interesting bit of satire from Mad magazine. (Historical sidenote– Mad was created by EC, a popular comic book company from the early days of the industry. During the ’50s, EC was destroyed by a government council researching… Continue reading Bush vs. Jesus