Nazarene procession is Biblical PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:59




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar…” (Psalm 118:27, the Holy Bible).

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COMELEC ROW: GUANZON’S COMMENT ON POE CASES UNCONSTITUTIONAL: If it is true that the comment filed by Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections on the Supreme Court petitions contesting the poll body’s disqualification of Sen. Grace Poe as a candidate in the 2016 presidential elections was not approved by the Commission as a whole, she may have committed a violation of the Constitution and of Supreme Court doctrines saying a collegial body must act as a whole, or with the participation of all its members.

In the case of Consing vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 78272, August 29, 1989,  which was cited in the case of Pedragoza vs. Comelec, G.R. No. 169885, July 25, 2006, the tribunal recognized the rule that a collegial body, pursuant to the Constitution, “… arrives at its decisions only after deliberation, the exchange of views and ideas, and the concurrence of the required majority vote…” As a collegial body composed of seven members, the Comelec is bound by this rule.

Now, in view of these decisions, did Guanzon incur any administrative or criminal liability when she filed her comment on Poe’s cases without the participation of her colleagues in the poll body? I believe she committed graft under Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, because she either caused undue injury to the Commission, or granted unwarranted favors to interested parties.

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SEXUAL DISEASE A GROUND FOR INVALIDATING MARRIAGE: The last ground by which a marriage validly celebrated could be annulled, under Art. 45 of the Family Code of the Philippines, is this: that either party was afflicted with a sexually-transmissible disease found to be serious and appears to be incurable.

The Code did not specify, but I think the disease referred to by it could be AIDS-HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes and warts, trichomoniasis. According to latest medical bulletins, these sexual diseases are increasingly becoming to be pennicil- resistant and are therefore becoming incurable.

It is important that the affliction of either party of these diseases was not known to the other party, at least at the time of the marriage. If the ailment was known to the other party before the marriage, and he or she proceeded with the marital union, he or she cannot later on be allowed to file case for annulment based on this ground.

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NAZARENE PROCESSION IS BIBLICAL: Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle’s call for patience and understanding of the Catholic devotees joining the annual January 09 procession of the iconic image of the Black Nazarene, saying they should not be judged when they join the frenzy during the annual festivities, is well-taken. A reading of the Bible will show that processions to honor God are also found in the Bible.

I refer to the following verses, which mention processions: 1 Samuel 10:5, 1 Samuel 10:10, Nehemiah 12:36, Psalm 68:24, Psalm 118:27, Song of Songs 6:10, Isaiah 60:11, 1 Corinthians 4:9, and 2 Corinthians 2:14. Then, the practice of Catholics in wiping their towels and handkerchiefs on the images of Jesus and of the saints appear rooted in the Bible likewise, particularly in the case of Paul.

The hankies and aprons that touched Paul were brought to the sick, who were healed of their ailments. Therefore, I can only agree with Cardinal Tagle’s call. I only hope