Philippine Bishops and Elections

By: N.J. Viehland

Andrew Pearson’s video on The evolution of the bishops wherein late Jesuit Father James Reuter shares his views and opinions revisits  a period which many voters in the May 13 general elections did not experience.

It recalls how the government of ousted president Ferdinand Marcos pushed bishops to speak out against an “immoral” regime, and rally people to examine their consciences, pray, discern and act to stop what is wrong and enable what is good.

Bishops Antonio Fortich and Francisco Claver, who Fr. Reuter described as “progressive”  have both passed away.

In this period of “restored democracy”,  what does the Church in the Philippines need and who are the next generation bishops who will guide Filipinos to think, feel and act as Christ did in their day-to-day community life ?

Catholic Bishops of the Philippines pray the Our Father at the funeral Mass for Bishop Francisco Claver at the Jesuit Loyola House of Studies seminary chapel in 2010. / N.J. Viehland Photo

Catholic Bishops of the Philippines pray the Our Father at the funeral Mass for Bishop Francisco Claver at the Jesuit Loyola House of Studies seminary chapel in 2010. – N.J. Viehland Photos

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