The Ateneo Way: fidelity to Mary, fidelity to the Church

Question by think again  2012/07/02 at 10:29 pm:

Ateneo is opening its doors to different perspectives in life. Ateneo is definitely a Catholic institution because the faith is very well-taught and they make sure that every student understands the Catholic faith. The good part is that they don’t impose the religion. They don’t force it on everyone. Muslims or other people from other religions can also call Ateneo home. Ateneo just educates and knows how to respect other beliefs and practices. For the Ateneo, the student knowing enough about the Catholic faith to be able to make an intelligent decision wether to embrace it or not is good enough. And I personally like it that way.

Please. This is a very bad article. You step on a lot of good people and ideas people work hard for. You can’t say what you say is right because you have your faith to back it. That is just not right. Ateneo is evolving, turning itself into a better university (check rankings and whatnot). Do not put up something like this on the internet. Although personal, it touches a sensitive topic that requires more discourse that you have given it. =(( Do not deface a school because its teachings do not coincide with your beliefs. Remember Galileo’s heliocentric model.

Response  2012/07/02 at 10:29 pm:

think again,

The only measure that the Faith is well-taught if it is believed and lived, in the same way that an advertisement is successful if it leads the viewer to buy the product and actually use it. Ateneo is a Catholic University and this means it must live up to its Catholic name. Catholic means universal–all nations, all teachings. Each Catholic is missionary and his mission is defined by Christ Himself to His disciples:

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19h Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20i teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)

If Ateneo cannot convert its students to the Catholic Faith, then Ateneo failed in its Catholic mission. Ateneo may have increased in university rankings, but the only ranking relevant to a Catholic institution is its degree of fidelity to Catholic teachings. You may like to sing again the Ateneo hymn, the Song for Mary:

“Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!”

This is the Ateneo Way: fidelity to Mary, fidelity to the Church. There is no other way. So do not deface Ateneo because its Catholic teachings do not coincide with your beliefs.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

6 Responses to The Ateneo Way: fidelity to Mary, fidelity to the Church

  1. Tim says:

    Well said, Quirino! Some think a Catholic university is here to produce skeptics and indifference to the Catholic faith. Your principled stand will be rewarded!

  2. Alan says:

    Mr. quirino, i just want to ask if what i have been watched in a television show is true, it is said that the Catholic churches that were built are intended to be large and big for those will become landmarks on towns in our country. I wonder who build our old large churches in provinces and how our chapel built when it comes to funds. please explain i just really need it. Is it also true that some of our chapels are funded or donated by the government? im just curious.

    alan from q.c

  3. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    In the Spanish Era, if you are a Filipino Christian, it is taken for granted that you are Catholic, because Protestantism only came with the Americans. Churches have to be large to accommodate the community during important festivals like Christmas and Easter. The construction of churches and the salary of priests are paid by Patronato Real, wherein the Spanish Crown gives money to support the Catholic missions not only in the Philippines but also in Latin America. This arrangement reflected in the city planning wherein the government’s office and the Cathedral are located on both sides of the Plaza. Most of the churches were built by the Spanish Friars (mendicant orders)–Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, etc. Others were also built by Jesuits. By “built” here means that the friars directed the design and constructions of these buildings, as they have done before in Europe. Of course, the labor is done by Filipinos. Some wealthy Filipinos share in the costs of building constructions in exchange for burial places inside the church.

  4. Alan says:

    Thanks you mr. quirino, more power!

    one more thing sorry because i have a project research in our school about this. What about chapels or cathedrals that are donated by the government? is there any? or it only occurs in mindanao where local government donates mosques for muslims?


  5. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    Sorry, I don’t have the data.

  6. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    Here’s a list of Philippine Cathedrals: Try your Google researching abilities to find the history of each Cathedral do determine how much was the government involved in their construction.

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