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In one of the more impressive political performances this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used three words—democracy, demography and demand–before 20,000 Indian Americans at the Madison Square Garden in New York City last September to describe India’s “strengths.” It was a tour de force. No recent political speech has made as much impact upon thoughtful audiences around the world.

Modi, whose phenomenal parliamentary victory in May gave Delhi its first big- majority government in thirty years and virtually…

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: While the world’s Catholic bishops recently spent two weeks in Rome exploring ways and means of deepening the gospel values for the family, an international group of pro-family leaders recently met in this city to examine the prospects of the natural family in the years ahead.…

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To this year’s canonization of two great popes—Saint Pope John Paul II and Saint Pope John XXIII—the Catholic Church has added the beatification of Paul VI, the pope who presided over the final stages of the Second Vatican Council but who is probably best known to Catholics and non-Catholics alike as the author of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 encyclical which declares in no uncertain terms the error and evil of contraception, or artificial birth control.

Pope Francis solemnly declared his heroic predecessor “Blessed” at the conclusion of the two-week Extraordinary General…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD A SHOCKER MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS AT THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

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Contrary to all media speculations that the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops would create a “seismic shift” in Church teaching on human sexuality and marriage, 191 Catholic bishops from all over the world recently ended their two-week discussions at the Vatican without agreeing to any such change. This did not come without a fight, nor has the world heard the last word on it. But for now orthodoxy has prevailed.

Pope Francis convened the Synod on the first week of October to take a fresh look into the Church’s evangelizing mission….

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Except perhaps for the conscript press, which has its own permanent concerns, the world media seem focused on Ebola, which has stricken West Africa. In quick succession, the virus has drowned out stories about climate change, about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, about the so-called “seismic change” in Church teaching on sexuality and marriage. It seems the only thing they want to talk about.

The current issue of The Economist narrates how the…

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The murder of a “transgender,” Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, in Olongapo City, for which US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has been accused and arrested, has revived calls for a review of the 1998 Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Some have called for the scrapping of the treaty altogether. This…

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In the apparent hope of stopping the trial by publicity being waged against him by Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd at the Senate blue ribbon committee, Vice President Jejomar Binay last week met with the only person who could call off the “take-no-prisoners” beastly…

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At the invitation of Bishop Crispin Varquez of the Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar, I traveled to Borongan last week  to talk about “the transformative role of the laity in Philippine politics.” This happened at their Diocesan Congress on the Laity on 11 October. It was an unadulterated Church event,…

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Having previously discussed on this page the principal reasons why President B. S. Aquino 3rd must go “now na,” as Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa emphatically puts it, we must conclude by saying that this would be for the good of all, including Aquino himself. The system is broken, so we must fix it; it is diseased, so we must replace it. The only way to do this is for Aquino to first vacate the office. Then the work of national transformation could proceed…

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It happened toward the end of the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration, and GMA may be in a position to confirm it.

There is a growing belief that President B. S. Aquino 3rd was not legitimately elected in 2010, but was simply “processed into office” by the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic, using the precinct count optical scan machines, which they had illegally divested of safety features and accuracy mechanisms. Aquino is, in effect, a de facto president.

Some analysts suggest that under extreme political…

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