"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Can we expedite Justice in Mindanao's killing fields?

(Photo Source: AP)
Brutally murdered innocent Filipinos were summary executed by a soul-less person who, until now is in hiding. Today, as the development news pours in, there are a total of 57 dead found in Maguindanao (YahooNews.

I don’t feel just sorry for the family of the victims but I grieved for seeing all bodies littering around like dead animals. I just couldn’t hold my tears back seeing all their bodies buried in the same way how suspected farm animals were summary executed and buried in a deep ditch without proper tomb for each to rest.

It’s hard to say a word at this time who could have been behind this senseless killing. Initially, investigators are saying it was all politically motivated. If that’s the case, we can narrow down our list of suspects. Heavily, that of the powerful Ampatuan clan. Today they surrendered to the police (read PhilStar).

Before the ambushed, Ismael Mangudadatu, one of the dead received numerous death threats from an unknown man.

Today, I join the rest of the Filipinos to mourn for the dead. Also, today, President Arroyo declared a National Day of Mourning.

May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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