A Meditative Interview with God for Ash Wednesday

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He wasn’t surprised to see me. He’s all-knowing after all. But I was. Didn’t know he lived a simple life. His place reminded me of the animal shed where the Son was born, in Bethlehem. But his face. His face shone like the sun, the moon and the stars. That I … Continue reading

Ang Mga Sampung Mabubuting Kinahinatnan ng Pagka-pangulo ni Rodrigo Duterte

ni Wilfredo G. Villanueva Ang sasabihin ko sana, Ang Sampung Mga Mabubuting Ginawa ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, pero sabi ng asawa ko, dapat daw yata, Ang Sampung Mga Mabubuting Kinahinatnan ng Pagka-pangulo ni Rodrigo Duterte. Hindi pa raw kasi tapos ang paghusga sa mga gawain ng pangulo, pero ngayon pa lang nababanaagan na o nararamdaman … Continue reading

Can you be a Catholic and support Donald Trump?

By Andrew Lim This essay follows on the heels of Joe’s previous piece “The  Philippines is not really a Catholic nation”. But instead of dwelling on the local situation where there is much consensus on the “split-level”, cognitive-dissonant, hypocritical, shallow, superstitious appreciation and application of Catholicism in the country, we talk of the United States, … Continue reading

Knowledge and church doctrine, a kindly debate

By Joe America I made a remark in a recent discussion thread taking the Philippine Catholic Church to task for failing to speak out against extra judicial killings (EJKs). It was one of those ‘off the top of my head’ remarks that lacked context, and therefore was considered cavalier (showing arrogant or offhand disregard; dismissive) by … Continue reading

The Philippines is not really a Catholic nation

By Joe America Occasionally, I write an article that is intended mainly to provoke discussion. Why? Usually because I am confused and the discussion that follows the article helps me sort out my ideas. This is one of those articles. About 86% of the Philippine population belongs to the Catholic Church (Center for Global Education). … Continue reading