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:

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

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)

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)

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))

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)

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

Catholic Apologist Steve Ray visits Manila and Davao

From Bro. Marwil N. Llassos, O.P. of the Knight of Mary blog:

My dear friend, MR. STEPHEN K. RAY (popularly known as STEVE RAY) a Baptist convert to Catholicism and now a world-renowned Catholic apologist will be in the Philippines for a series of talks. This author and producer of the series FOOTPRINTS OF GOD will arrive on July 9, 2010.

Steve Ray will speak to the seminarians of San Carlos Seminary on July 10, 2010 (8:00 a.m.). He will then be the main lecturer during the Apologists Forum on the same day at Virra Mall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On July 12, 2010, Steve Ray will talk about Mary from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the chapel of Megamall.

The next day, July 13, 2010, Steve Ray will talk at San Pedro Poveda College from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and to the Couples for Christ from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On July 14, 2010, Steve Ray will preach at Rosehill at 8:00 a.m.

From July 15 to 17, 2010, Steve Ray will have a series of talks in Davao City.

He will be back in Manila on July 18, 2010 to talk before a large crowd at the Philippine International Convention Center from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Then on July 19-21, Steve Ray will give talks at St. James the Great Parish in Ayala Alabang, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. He will also give a talk at De La Salle Zobel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 19-21, 2010.

For schedule of the series of talks of popular preacher Mr. Steve Ray, please call Totus Bookstore at (02) 7234326.

Update: Steve Ray talks about Mama Mary on DZMM this Sunday at 8:30 pm. You can listen to him on radio, or you can watch him on DZMM Teleradyo on Skycable or you can watch the video stream live at Mark your calendar.

Marian Conferences at San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe

The Marian Conferences shall be held at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium, E.D.S.A. from 14:00H to 18:00H.  Each program will be concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration.


Topic Speaker
13th of February ‘The Presence of Mary’ in Redemptoris Mater Rev. Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J., S.Th.D.
20th of February Mary as Witness of Evangelization: Marian Popular Devotions H.E. Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D., S.Th.D.
13th of March Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace & the New Evangelization of Asia H.E. Most Rev. Ramon Arguelles, D.D., S.Th.D.
17th of April Mary & the Fulfilment of God’s Plan of Salvation Rev. Fr. Yulito Q. Ignacio, S.Th.D.
15th of May ‘Caritas in Veritate’ from a Mariological Perspective Soc Villegas

Monk’s Hobbit: Thanks to Miguel Madarang