The Separation Of Church and State Ends Where Loyalty To The Country Begins

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines represents the Church. The Church is the Shepherd, and his Flock is the Catholic Filipinos – the vast majority of our 85 million+ populace. The Flock is crying for help from the wolves of tyranny, deceit and treachery. But the Shepherd, his moral and spiritual obligations to his Flock notwithstanding, decides to remain neutral. Perhaps his independence was compromised by the unchristian attempts of a handful of aging ivory-towered technocrats in Rome to silence the moral force of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin. Cardinal Sin united a culturally fractious and chronically apathetic country to depose a President who had dishonored his Office through a moral revolution, not once, but twice! He taught us that the separation of Church and State ends where loyalty to the country begins, and has inspired the whole world with the glory of true democracy in action. Perhaps the present Shepherd consults the Scriptures because his conscience is bugging him, and he had overlooked Hebrews 12:1 – “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight.”

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