1950′s

Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on the Nationalization of Schools

Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on theNationalization of  SchoolsThere is a movement these days to impose upon our schools, (a) the prohibition to appoint “persons who are not natural-born citizens of the Philippines to the positions of heads of schools, colleges and universities or teachers, instructors or professors in any social science subject”; (b) the prohibition to allow “any person who is not a citizen of the Philippines or any

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Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on Mission Year

Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippineson Mission YearIn our last meeting we decided to set aside the present year of 1959 as Mission Year in the Philippines.  We wish now to communicate this decision to our beloved Clergy and Faithful, to state briefly the reasons for it, and to invite all to join us in achieving the aims and objectives of this observance.The word “mission” comes from the Latin word “to send”; a missionary

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Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on Nationalism

Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippineson  NationalismWe, the Catholic Archbishops and Bishops of the Philippines, in fulfillment of our sacred mission “To rule the Church of God, which He has purchased with His blood” (Acts, XX, 28), deem it proper at this juncture of our national life to state the Catholic teachings on nationalism and on some connected matters.On Nationalism and FilipinismWhen God created man He intended him

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Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on Juvenile Delinquency

Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy onJuvenile DelinquencyYouthful crime is not something new in human affairs.  But in our age the problem of juvenile delinquency has assumed such proportions as to cause grave concern to the community and to call for special comment and prompt remedy.To an alarming degree the records of wrongdoing reveal that the criminals are under 21 years of age, and many of them are under 18, a fact which is reflected in

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Joint Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on the Eve of the National Elections of 1957

Joint Statement of  theCatholic Hierarchy of the Philippineson the Eve of the National Elections of 1957The time is fast approaching when the citizens of this Republic will once more go to  the polls to cast their votes in a general election.  In this connection, it is proper to note that voting is a right guaranteed by our Constitution to all who fulfill the qualifications stated therein.  It is a precious and sacred right, won after many years

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Draft of a Statement of the Philippine Hierarchy on the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (“LA NAVAL”) October 7, 1957

Draft of a Statement of the Philippine Hierarchyon the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (“LA NAVAL”)October 7, 1957Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary has more than once given positive proof of her maternal fever and protection to the people of the Philippines.  One of the most striking of these was the series of naval victories whereby a small Philippine squadren, though hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, successfully defended the Islands against

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Preliminary Draft of the Episcopal Statement on Social Action

Preliminary Draft of the Episcopal Statementon Social ActionNo observer of current world events can fail to see that men of all nations are anxiously searching for sound solutions to the social problem.  Communism’s rise to power over vast millions in China; the bitter was involving many nations of the world fought against Communist aggression in Korea; the bloody battles in what was formerly Indo-Chine terminating in the partitioning of that

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Bishops Successors of the Apostles

Bishops Successors of the ApostlesPastoral LetterSix or seven months after Christ inaugurated His public ministry, He left Capharnaum and went to a nearby mountain, where He prayed the whole night.  He was about to make a decision that would give form to the whole future of His work;  He was about to choose from among His many disciples those to whom He would entrust the continuation of His mission on earth.  So He took counsel with His Father

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Carta de la Comision Episcopal de Filipinas Acerca del Segundo Congreso Eucaristico Nacional para Conmemorar el Centenario del Establecimiento de la Fiesta del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

Carta de la Comision Episcopal de Filipinas Acerca del Segundo Congreso Eucaristico Nacional para Conmemorar el Centenario del Establecimiento de la Fiesta del Sagrado Corazon de JesusAl Reverendo Clero Secular y Regular y a todos los Fieles de Filipinas.Amados hijos en el Señor:Con el mas ferviente himno de accion de gracias debe el orbe Catolico celebrar este Centenario de la Fiesta del Divino Corazon de Jesus.  De este inagotable manantial de

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Statement of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on the U.S.T. Strike

Statement of the Catholic Hierarchyof the Philippines on the U.S.T. StrikeTo our dearly beloved brethren in Christ,It is with great sadness in Our hearts that We feel obliged to refer publicly to a certain strike now existing in Our Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.You already know, beloved brethren, Our constant pastoral solicitude for even the smallest among our flock.  We have expounded before you in a Pastoral Letter the teachings of Our

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