‘WE MUST NOT RE­MAIN SILENT IN TH­ESE TRY­ING TIMES’

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

We, mem­bers of Dam­daming Ka­to­liko sa Te­olo­hiya, view with ut­ter dis­may the re­cent Supreme Court rul­ing which ousted the sit­ting chief jus­tice. We are nei­ther for nor against per­son­al­i­ties in this is­sue. We are alarmed by the man­ner in which this was done. Eight jus­tices of the Supreme Court were re­spon­si­ble for what their dis­sent­ing peers de­scribed as a “le­gal abom­i­na­tion,” a “rewrit­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion,” a com­mis­sion of “sep­puku—with­out honor” and “an im­per­mis­si­ble short-cut.” The ma­jor­ity did it de­spite the pre­rul­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of the 40,000-strong In­te­grated Bar of the Philip­pines, the 130 law deans and pro­fes­sors in the coun­try, civil so­ci­ety and hu­man rights groups, and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists op­pos­ing the quo war­ranto pe­ti­tion filed by the Of­fice of the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral.

We need to be ever more vig­i­lant in order that the dark forces of evil in our so­ci­ety may not pre­vail. We can­not and must not re­main silent in th­ese try­ing times. We join our voice to­gether with other Filipinos of good­will as we ex­claim, “We dis­sent.”

We reaf­firm our strong be­lief and con­tinue to worship the God of truth and jus­tice. For God’s truth and jus­tice are the hope for all of us be­liev­ers (Isa­iah 30:18-19). De­spair, dis­sen­sion and con­flict will even­tu­ally wither and, through our faith-in­formed strug­gles to­gether with other cit­i­zens of good­will, the light of God’s truth will even­tu­ally shine in all its splen­dor. (John 16:33; 1 John 1:5; Rev­e­la­tion 21:3-4)

DAM­DAMING KA­TO­LIKO SA TE­OLO­HIYA

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