RANDOM THOUGHTS | Our Church and the 2022 Presidential Bets – Mindanao Times

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“IN the 1997 CBCP Pastoral Exhortation: Philippine Politics,” these questions were posed: “How are we going to change the way politics is conducted in the Philippines so that instead of being a stumbling block, it contributes positively to the integration? development, including the spiritual growth of our people? How do we renew politics so that it becomes a channel for the well-being and growth of our people in the life of grace? ensure that truths about faith and politics… do not remain unattainable ideals but become a reality? (Chito R. Gavino III. “No more stings of conscience”, 2022)

In 1997, the CBCP was very concerned about constitutional change. However, in 1999, the CBCP rejected moves to amend the Philippine constitution because “these were perceived to be based on selfish motives”. Today, the CBCP is still against the insensitive and inadequate amendment of the 1987 Constitution for fear of change! CBCP promotes the status quo that breeds stagnation. Where is his Christlike passion and audacity? Comfort and convenience seem to be the rule now. How ironic! How sad.

We have a very sick Filipino society. Our people and our country are deeply mired in fourteen (14) pitfalls and two (2) omissions. Here are our questions to our 2022 presidential candidates about our current dilemma:

Q1: How do you intend to cure the trap of our sick society?

Q2: How will you address the spiritual/moral trap?

Q3: How will you solve the sanitary problem?

Q4: How will you solve the environmental trap?

Q5: How will you solve the insurgency’s longest trap?

Q6: How will you solve the demographic trap?

Q7: How will you solve the poverty trap?

Q8: How will you solve the economic trap?

Q9: How are you going to solve the debt problem?

Q10: How will you tackle the political trap?

Q11: How will you fight the trap of crime, illegal drugs and violence?

Q12: How will you solve the trap of corruption and corruption?

Q13: How will you solve the bulging and inefficient bureaucratic trap?

Q14: How are you going to solve the problem of education?

Q15: What is your vision for the Philippines?

Q16: What is your mission for our country?

We hope that these questions will also be raised during the virtual presidential debates. COMELEC should initiate voter education. Media talk show hosts also need to ask these questions.

We hope and pray for inspiring political leaders, healers and unifiers, servant-transformers, visionaries and integrity. Competence, compassion and commitment will be there in the 2022 elections, especially in the choice of our president. Our elected political leaders must govern our nation as “worthy representatives of God.” This is the litmus test for their action.

Our Christian churches must be proactive, not just vigilant, in every election in the country because, according to the CBCP, “Philippine politics – the way it is practiced – has been most harmful to us as a people.” Political reform in the Philippines is undoubtedly imperative for us to move forward.

Politics has its spiritual and ethical dimensions. Based on this truth, five bases for the mission of the Catholic Church have been proposed, namely:

“1. The Gospel and the Kingdom of God call for the Church’s involvement in politics.

  1. The Church’s Mission of Integral Salvation involves the temporal sphere.
  2. Salvation comes from personal and social sin, including sin in the political sphere.
  3. The Church has an option for the poor in the area of ​​politics.
  4. The path of the Church is the human person who is affected by politics.

There is no absolute separation between church and state in the Philippines. The true measure of a church’s accomplishments is how it combats the inhumane, unjust and oppressive structures/systems in our society. In these difficult times, passion and boldness are expected of our Church, according to Pope Francis. The activism, instead of simply being vigilant, of the Christian churches is the call of the times. They should resemble Christ as “peaceful revolutionaries”.

On the other hand, our Church must pave the way to “light a fire under” the 2022 Presidential bets to exercise Servant-Transformational leadership if elected. The elect are expected to work for the common good. Their mission is to do God’s work on earth.

To our politicians, we recommend this “Politicians Prayer”:

“Lord God, help me to fulfill my duties as a politician. It is indeed a great responsibility. The path to follow to follow the path of truth, honesty and integrity is rugged and dangerous There is always a danger at every turn and corner of falling into the evil system of bribery and corruption and succumbing to the temptation of always wanting to stay in power.Let me not just watch over my public image and neglecting the more important issue of public service. Be with me, Lord, and guide me so that even in my principles and to serve the public interest before my own. I pray for my country and my fellow citizens. Give us the true spirit of nationalism so that we can work together for the common good and the progress of our nation for peace, justice and solidarity. Amen.”

May I humbly suggest that both houses of Congress adopt this “prayer” to be said at the start of their respective sessions. This suggestion also applies to the executive branch of our government.

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