Ateneo Political Science Department seminar: “Church in politics: The Roman Catholic Church and state relations in the Philippines”

The ADMU Department of Political Science presents a seminar- forum entitled

Church in Politics: The Roman Catholic Church and State Relations in the Philippines

on April 18 to 19 (Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday); Whole days
at ADMU Escaler Hall.

May be taken as a 3 unit credit course  (PoS 271).
Interested participants are requested to pay 1,500 Php for the two day
period to cover meals and a seminar packet with materials.

Background and objectives of the forum:

?Church in Politics: The Roman Catholic Church and State Relations in the Philippines? is a seminar that attempts at a critical look at the Philippine institutional and non-institutional Roman Catholic Church  as a normative and discursive actor.  Using Jose Migdal?s state and society relations perspective,  the RCC is viewed as a political actor with the coercive power to exact compliance and mobilize citizen participation and the symbolic and material power to legitimize its existence as a socio-political actor.   It is therefore a co-producer and a competitor of the state in as far as decisions and resource allocation are concerned.

The forum  provides a broad framework for critically analyzing the RCC?s positions in politics including reproductive health.  It situates these positions on the wider discursive fields of church and state separation and church participation in electoral, political and social affairs.     In deepening discussions on reproductive health, the forum examines the church?s perspectives on gender, human sexuality and life issues.

The forum includes speakers from the CBCP, the NASSA, LST, SLB, ADZ, UP, ADMU SA Department, San Carlos Seminary and JJICSI.  A summarizing segment on the influence of the church in terms of power is provided at the last day by Fr Mario Francisco S.J of LST and Dr Fernando Zialcita of the Sociology and Anthropology Department as resource persons.

Forum Program:

TOPIC NO. 1: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
April 18, 9-11 AM

Atty. Florin T. Hilbay
Professor, University of the Philippines College of Law

Rev. Fr. Albert Cecilio A. Flores
Director, Manila Archdiocesan Archives

TOPIC NO. 2: CBCP
April 18, 12:30-2:30 PM

Most Rev. Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.
Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, San Carlos Seminary

Rev. Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM
Professor, Loyola School of Theology (LST)

TOPIC NO. 3: ELECTORAL-POLITICAL ENGAGEMENTS
April 18, 3-5 PM

Bro. Guillrey Anthony M. Andal, SJ
Program Director for Political Affairs, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB)

Rev. Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, SJ
President, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU)

TOPIC NO. 4: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
April 19, 9-11 AM

Rev. Fr. Roberto N. Rivera, SJ
Associate Director and Treasurer
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI)

Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Gariguez
Executive Secretary
National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA-JP)
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP))

TOPIC NO. 5: GENDER, HUMAN SEXUALITY AND LIFE ISSUES
April 19, 12:30-2:30 PM

Rev. Fr. John J. Carroll, SJ
Senior Research Associate and Program Head, Church and Family Life Program
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI)

Atty. Jo Aurea M. Imbong
Legal Officer
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

TOPIC NO. 6: CRITICAL REFLECTION ON CHURCH POWER AND INFLUENCE TODAY
April 19, 3-5 PM

Rev. Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ
President and Professor
Loyola School of Theology (LST)

Prof. Fernando N. Zialcita, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

4 Responses to Ateneo Political Science Department seminar: “Church in politics: The Roman Catholic Church and state relations in the Philippines”

  1. What a seminar! Oh I wish I could be there! I suppose no one will argue that the move at Vatican II to abandon the legitimate dream of the restoration was wrong and liberal!

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    The pro-contraception forces used to believe that the Catholics are divided, because there is no Catholic vote in Philippine politics. To their surprise, the Philippine bishops are unanimous in opposing the Reproductive Health Bill. And many Catholics turned out in the mammoth rallies of March 25 in many Philippine cities. So the pro-contraception forces are now crying foul: the Church must not get involved in politics!

  3. Atty. Nikko says:

    can outsiders attend? thanks..

  4. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    I think outsiders can attend as long as they pay PhP 1,500 for the two-day seminar.

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