KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Next Catholic Pope a Filipino? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:31

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…” (Galatians 6:2, the Holy Bible).
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NEXT CATHOLIC POPE IS A FILIPINO? Filipinos who would like to see a Filipino pope of the Roman Catholic Church someday could very well start praying hard and aspiring to be holy and rabid followers of the Bible to make this dream come true, especially because there seems to be a movement now to project one Filipino priest to the plum Catholic post.

The priest, Imus, Cavite Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, is still waiting to be installed, on orders of Pope Benedict XVI, as the next Manila archbishop, replacing Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, but the influential CNN (or Cable News Network) is already rooting for him to become Pope, perhaps after Benedict XVI.

If this happens, this is not only history for Filipino Catholics but for the entire Filipino nation as well. It is also a proof that Filipinos have a special niche in propagating the Word of God. It would also confirm my belief that Filipinos, in reality, form part of the 12 tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people (standby for our next articles on this point).
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IS MILF THE REAL CULPRIT? The headlines will not life, of course. I am referring to reports that eight more civilians and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over the weekend, and one public school building was occupied by its elements who even stole two cows from residents of Olutanga Island, Zamboanga Sibugay for their food.

But then, something bothers me in all these reports. Except for the story from Olutanga Island, where reports directly imputed to MILF men the occupancy of the school, the other stories on additional killings of civilians and AFP soldiers were not really sure that it was the MILF who did it.

Why am I saying this? Because the reports were merely saying the perpetrators were “suspected” MILF members. Both the Inquirer and the Star issues of Monday, October 24, 2011, used the word “suspected” in describing the attackers. In journalistic parlance, “suspected” means exactly that—the attackers’ true identities are not known yet.

Now, if the true identities of the attackers are not really known yet, why say they could be MILF guerrillas? What is the real score here? What, really, is happening in Mindanao, General?
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JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR, BIBLE’S TITUS SAYS: Here are other parts of the Bible that confirm Jesus Christ is indeed God and Savior of all: Titus 2: 11-14. These verses read: “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

“It teaches us to say `No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good…”