Posted on September 13, 2005 - 1:32pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas 12 September 2005 On July 10, 2005, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued its statement, "Restoring Trust: A Plea for Moral Values in Philippine Politics." The CBCP did not demand the resignation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) from the Office of the President as many had wished. At the same time, the CBCP exhorted GMA not to dismiss calls for her resignation. However, GMA and her spin doctors immediately used the statement either to cause widespread confusion among or to silence priests, nuns, students and other Catholics into fear and submission. In effect, the CBCP statement gave a new lease on the political life of GMA. Recent developments, however, shed new light on the concerns of the CBCP. In particular, a number of the key assumptions and expectations that governed the CBCP statement no longer hold. Taken together, these new developments require the CBCP to revisit their statement, and, true to the spiritual principles embedded in its statement, call for the resignation of GMA. This is their chance at redemption.