TITLE

RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE PHILIPPINES: THE PUBLIC ROLE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE FILIPINO POLITY

AUTHOR(S)
Cartagenas, Aloysius Lopez
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Political Theology;Dec2010, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p846
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
From a social-ethical point of view, an appalling lack of a sense of common good continues to haunt Philippine political life even after the restoration of democracy through the 1986 People Power revolution. Our study contends that it is mainly caused by a polity that does not allow for a participatory deliberation and envisioning of the common good and a political culture that is not nurturing but hindering the collective and institutional commitment for it. While the Roman Catholic Church has been partly responsible for this democratic deficit, it nevertheless remains a social force with a moral high ground for political transformation, if it is able to change its social location and re-invent its social mission. A self-critical Filipino church whose base ecclesial communities are inserted like leaven in civil society holds the most important key to the democratization of Philippine polity and culture in the light of the Gospel.
ACCESSION #
56101380

 

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