SDB in News

Views 142 Votes 0 Comment 1
?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
Extra Form
source ANS - FIN province social communications

(ANS – Makati City) – We, Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) of the Philippine North Province (FIN) are deeply saddened by the spate of killings that have been going on in the recent past. Being at the forefront of youth pastoral ministry in the world and in the Church, our sadness turns to alarm given the disturbing and undeniable reality that many of those who have been killed recently are vulnerable young people, in the hands of those sworn and duty-bound by law to protect the common good, and to safeguard the same young people from their own—and other adults’—possible wicked ways.

Following the teachings of the Father and Teacher of YouthSt. John Bosco, we declare our dedication to remain solid in our desire to train young men and women to become “good Christians and upright citizens.”

This is not a veiled attempt at taking sides with any color, group, or party. Moral values and Christian morality in general go above and beyond politics. This is not a condonation of anyone, young or old, who may indeed be involved in the drug trade. But neither is this a condemnation of those who are sworn to do whatever is legally and morally allowable to stem the tide of this clear and present danger to society and a threat to the future of the Filipino people.

This is a plea to the collective conscience of the Filipino people, including those who legitimately hold the reins of political- and police- power, duty-bound as they are to uphold the commonweal.

One with the Filipino people’s desire to rid our nation of the innumerable evils that plague us, including the very real threats posed by the proliferating illegal drugs that are tied up with the bigger emerging reality of a corruption-laden and drug-tainted political system, we call on all men and women of goodwill to fight and resist evil in all its forms, and this, apart from the scourge of drugs, includes the evil of summary killings, for whatever reason or purpose, especially all those done to young people without  the benefit of due process.

We appeal to the consciences of everyone, both from the ranks of the leaders and the led, to uphold the sacredness of human life and “to observe what is right, and do what is just.” (Is 56:1)

(Signed)
Fr. Anthony Paul Bicomong, SDB
Provincial Superior
Salesians of Don Bosco
Philippines North ProvinceFIN-pastoral.jpg


  • ?
    anonymous 2017.09.29 13:31
    Jesuit Statement (September 29,2017
    COMING TOGETHER IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
    Statement of the Philippine Province Jesuits on Fighting the Evil of Illegal Drugs
    August 24, 2017



    It is with deep concern for the welfare of our nation that the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus joins His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in appealing to the “consciences of those manufacturing and selling illegal drugs to stop this activity” and “to the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives.”

    We agree that the menace of illegal drugs is real and destructive. The imperative to defeat this evil does not belong to the President alone, the Philippine National Police, and the instrumentalities of human government. It belongs to us all. The evil that attacks the human with the power of the demonic, should unite us, not divide us. Battling this enemy, we learn how ineffectual, how flawed, our weapons are. Instead of turning our weapons on one another, we must unite, coordinate, and allow good to ally with good; we must fight this enemy together. Truly, the menace of drugs is not just a political or criminal issue. It is evil that attacks our humanity, turns human beings into zombies, policemen into murderers, criminals into lords, and the poor into the victims of their own security forces. The heartless killing of Kian de los Santos proves this. We cannot fight evil with guns and bullets alone. This evil we must fight with insight, cooperation, cunning, the enlightened use of political and economic power, self-sacrifice, prayer and God’s grace.

    It is in this spirit that we welcome the call of Cardinal Tagle and the Archdiocese of Manila to a multi-sectoral dialogue. We need to come together to understand the situation in depth. We need to understand why the soul of the war on drugs is a human soul, and why the enemy of this war is not human rights, but lack of commitment to human rights. We need to understand why we cannot fight for human beings by denying them their rights. In a society where the human has so lightly lost his soul to corruption, hedonism, and disrespect for the human person, we need to understand how the poor are illegal drugs’ worst victims, addicted, trafficked, then shot by the guns drug money buys. We need to understand how denying the international drug cartels their markets does not mean killing the poor who are their victims, but reforming the structure which keep the poor poor. We need to understand that building the drug-free, smart, socially-just religiously diverse society envisioned by the Duterte administration needs patient multi-sectoral collaboration of good people collaborating with good people. We cannot build the Philippine nation on the cadavers of the Filipino people.

    In this spirit of dialogue, where it is clear that the rule of law and the respect for human rights thwart evil, the recommendations of our Ateneo de Manila Human Rights Center pertinent to extrajudicial killings and Operation Tokhang Reloaded might be seriously considered.[1]

    Truly, we must conquer evil with good. Though we wish to be in solidarity with all victims of injustice, we must move beyond expressions of outrage to constructive action. Teach the youth, wealthy or poor, in our families, schools and our communities, about the evil of illegal drugs; engage them so they are helped to overcome bad habits and engage in good. Join groups that are involved in rehabilitation; many of these are diocesan or parish based; many of them are Civil Society Organizations. Capacitate ourselves to get involved. Join groups that partner with government to strengthen our security forces’ commitment to rights-based policing. Involve ourselves in research that studies the drug trade in the Philippines. Work together with the Church, government and CSOs to truly defeat the drug menace in the Philippines. Use privileged power and information to win this war.

    Where the fullness of life that the Lord came to bring us (Jn 10:10) is not to be undermined by the evil of drugs, we must be “as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.” (Mt. 10:16). Some demons can be expelled “only by prayer and fasting” (Mt. 17:21). But prayer and fasting should also lead us to come together in the power of the Spirit to overcome this evil.



    ANTONIO F MORENO SJ
    Provincial

  1. "I never really thought of becoming a missionary"

    My greatest joy is to meet God in Khmer people By Fr. Mark Yang, SDB from Cagliero11 for Nobvember Poipet, Cambodia, October 2017 -- I never thought to because I did not feel confident that I could overcome the diffic...
    Date2017.11.03 Views23
    Read More
  2. No Image

    Cambodia - Kindergarten (World Bank) support

    Investing in early childhood education for Cambodia's future success Blog -October 05, 2017byGPE Secretariat| Two years ago, 40-year-old preschool teacher Che Eang presented an ultimatum to her community: Either build a safer school for ...
    Date2017.10.11 Views44
    Read More
  3. Bosco Jewels, the girl band that rocked AROB day with Mereani Masani

    ENTV ONLINE Entertainment Featured Life Bosco Jewels, the girl band that rocked AROB day with Mereani Masani 06/09/2017 Scott Waide 7061 Views 0 Comments When an all girl band hit the stage on AROB day with their version of Sharzy’s “Meri Bu...
    Date2017.09.14 Views44
    Read More
  4. FIN - Pastoral Statement on the recent drug related killings

    (ANS – Makati City) – We, Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) of the Philippine North Province (FIN) are deeply saddened by the spate of killings that have been going on in the recent past. Being at the forefront of youth pastoral ministry in the w...
    Date2017.08.31 Views142
    Read More
  5. Cardinal Zen - on the special list

    Hong Kong: UCAN NEWS 28 July 2017 Chinese propaganda chiefs have ordered mainland journalists not to describe outspoken retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun as the "emeritus" bishop of Hong Kong but to instead use the word "former." Th...
    Date2017.07.29 Views89
    Read More
  6. Japan - Sixth Anniversary inter-religious prayer

    (ANS - Iwaki) - Last Wednesday, July 12, the sixth interreligious prayer meeting was held on the coast of the Fukushima Prelature in Ena Harbor, Iwaki, to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan. The...
    Date2017.07.17 Views63
    Read More
  7. Mongolia Catholic 25 and Don Bosco

    Mongolia – The Church's 25 years in the country. Contribution and challenges for Salesian presence   14 July 2017 (ANS - Ulaanbaatar) - When Mongolia became a democratic country in the early 1990s, the government requested diplomatic relatio...
    Date2017.07.15 Views186
    Read More
  8. Australia - Perth: Bishop Tim Costelloe - Youth Holiness

      “We are called to be saints; that’s not something you have to put off until you’re older but can happen now.” With these words the Archbishop of Perth, Australia, Msgr. Timothy Costelloe, SDB, launched the challenge of holiness to a gro...
    Date2017.07.11 Views222
    Read More
  9. Myanmar - Mandalay Street Children Outreach

    Mandalay: As part of an an outreach program, Salesian Father Peter Myo Khin and his co-workers go to railway stations and bus terminals to help boys living on the streets of Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. ...
    Date2017.03.16 Views159
    Read More
  10. Wake Up Call for Peace in Myanmar 2017

    Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "Myanmar is going through one of the most harrowing moments of its history. The people of Burma are deeply saddened. Myanmar needs the attention of the world in order to strengthen its fragile path of democracy": say...
    Date2017.02.08 Views145
    Read More
  11. Don Bosco's Tenderness - Pope Francis

    Like St. John Bosco before him,  Francis calls the young to lead a ‘revolution of tenderness’ Don Bosco-Pope Francis 2017.docx Francis-Accompagnamento spirituale.docx This January 31, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. John...
    Date2017.01.31 Views199
    Read More
  12. Myanmar - Namtu - Civil war victims sheltered by SDB parish

    (ANS – Namtu) – “It is urgent to put an end to the wars that still trouble Myanmar and to make 2017 the year of peace”. This, a few weeks ago, was the wish of Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, with regard to his h...
    Date2017.01.25 Views193
    Read More
  13. Stop all wars! Card Charles Bo - Myanmar

    Yangon (Agenzia Fides)   "It is time to join - all religions, all ethnic groups - to truly make 2017 the Year of Peace. Peace is possible through justice. Peace is possible through negotiations. We urge all religions to observe the d...
    Date2016.12.17 Views144
    Read More
  14. Cebu - Don Bosco Soccer

    CEBU DON BOSCO nips ATENEO Gyle Ventolero’s early goal was all Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) needed yesterday to beat fierce rival, the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), and remain unbeaten in the secondary division of the ...
    Date2016.10.13 Views219
    Read More
  15. No Image

    Joseph Zen, the Hong Kong cardinal standing up to Beijing

    (Jennifer Thompson) He may be a human rights champion but the 84-year-old lives a simple life in a Catholic community — and likes 1970s pop -- Having decided as a young boy to dedicate his life to the Catholic Church, Joseph Zen knew he wou...
    Date2016.09.09 Views229
    Read More
  16. China Church in Communion with the Universal Church

    http://sundayex.catholic.org.hk/node/3362 The communion of the Church in China with the universal Church John Cardinal Tong • Bishop of Hong Kong • 31 July 2016 Prologue ...
    Date2016.08.08 Views261
    Read More
  17. No Image

    Indian Salesian priest’s abductors captured

    Indian Salesian priest’s abductors captured Published on: 7:42 pm, July 29, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Fr. Tom Kochi; Three terrorists, who belong to the gang that abducted Keralite priest Tom Uzhunnalil and killed 16 people at an old-a...
    Date2016.07.30 Views103
    Read More
  18. AUL-Fr. Bill Edwards Life&Letters

    A new book about a high-volume writer of letters has just been publicly released. The book titled, “G’Day Cobber, Dare to be a Saint: The Life and Letters of Fr. Bill Edwards SDB”, was authored by Father Stephen Ardill, a priest of the dioc...
    Date2016.07.21 Views95
    Read More
  19. Photo of Fr Tom Uzhunalil feared captive in Yemen emerges, family relieved he is alive

    The photo shows the once clean-shaven priest, now looking weary and tired, with a long beard. TNM Staff| Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:14 Months after he was feared abducted by ISIS or some such terror group in Yemen, a picture of Father T...
    Date2016.07.20 Views131
    Read More
  20. AUL - Jesus impact on society (Moloney)

    By Caroline Smith This paper examines the character of Christ and how He fitted into the Jewish tradition of His time. One point underlined in the paper was Jesus’ decision to interact with the poor, and with those whom religious leade...
    Date2016.07.16 Views87
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 Next
/ 4