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Malaysian troops began a ground and aerial assault on armed insurgents in the eastern state of Sabah today to end a standoff with a Muslim clan from the Philippines that invaded last month to assert a territorial claim. Continue reading
…because we sure as hell won’t.
…The children huddle together waiting for breakfast, which on a good day is pan de sal, or Filipino salt bread, which they dip into hot instant coffee. Mrs Cabiya-an works part-time as a laundry woman and home help.
”It’s tough when you have so many children,” she says, with a shy smile. ”I have to count them before I go to sleep to make sure no one’s missing.”
At one time Mrs Cabiya-an had access to contraceptives but the Manila mayor, Jose Atienza, a devout Catholic, swept them off the shelves of city-run clinics in 2000. Since then she has struggled to limit the size of her family, resorting to illegal abortion more than once.
Mr Aquino, a Catholic, is strongly backing a reproductive health bill before the Philippines Senate that aims to give poor couples free access to family planning methods, including contraceptives and condoms, and would require schools to teach sex education.
The legislation was first drafted 14 years ago but proved too difficult for previous governments as the country has grown to be the world’s 12th most populous nation with almost 100 million people…
But the Catholic Bishops Conference has vowed to oppose the bill, even though legislators have watered it down to appease the church, removing references to a two child per family policy. ”We are still for scrapping the bill. It is not necessary,” Archbishop Jose Palma, the conference president, says. Some priests have even branded support for the bill a ”serious sin” punishable with excommunication, reflecting how conservative the church has remained in the Philippines, the sole Catholic nation without a divorce law.
A suspended senior Catholic priest faces a new scandal as law enforcement authorities launch an investigation into the smuggling of elephant ivory to feed a passion for religious icons in the deeply religious Philippines.
The Vatican had quietly stripped Monsignor Cristobal Garcia of his positions in the Archdiocese of Cebu in June — but not made it public — over accusations that he molested altar boys in the United States 20 years ago. He denies the claims.
Now, Monsignor Garcia, who rose to prominence in the Philippines despite the sex allegations, has been implicated in the illegal trade of ivory in a new scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, which has used icons made of ivory for centuries.
National Geographic magazine reports in its October issue that Monsignor Garcia, one of the country’s best-known ivory collectors, told an undercover reporter the best way to smuggle an ivory carving of Santo Nino, the Christ Child, to the US was to “wrap it in old stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it”.
At least you can’t accuse him of trying to ignore the elephant in the room.
Is he almed and dangerous?
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has been warned on the status of a US-based Filipino priest who was suspended due to trial charges of theft and possession of pornographic materials.
Most Rev. Robert McManus of Worcester diocese in Massachusetts, USA told CBCP president and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar in a letter that the priest has fled his diocese and might be in the Philippines.
The US-based priest, Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, has been charged with theft and possession of child pornography and was about to go on trial last October 25 when he disappeared from the diocese before he could appear in court.
“I had to shoot him, chief — he pulled a biretta on me!”
IN a bid to create a world record, health officials in the Philippine city of Marikina yesterday mutilated around 1,500 young boys at a mass circumcision “party”.
Said Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz of this barmy bid:
“We applied for the Guinness Book of World Records, and we are recording everything so we can send all the data to them and hopefully it will be recognised.”
Because nothing says ‘Happy, fun-loving tourist destination’ like a stadium full of screaming kids with mutilated genitals.
As Christian leaders highlighted the plight of believers facing the threat of attacks around the world, a bomb in a church during Christmas mass in the southern Philippines wounded six people, including the priest.
Military officials would not immediately name any suspects in the blast on Jolo island, but the island is a known bastion of the Abu Sayyaf, a group linked to the Al-Qaeda network….
In the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, suspected Islamist sect gunmen attacked a church during Christmas Eve services but were fought off by soldiers, a military spokesman said.
Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, criticised many penitents’ belief that acts of penance would make them free from illness or bad luck for the rest of the year.
“Flagellation is a form of penance done even centuries ago. But to do this out of context is wrong. It should not be done as an act of superstition,” he said.
Kinky sexual pleasure, yes. Superstition, no.