A Thought to Ponder “Philippine politics-- the way it is practiced-- has been most hurtful of us as a people. It is possibly the biggest bane in our life as a nation and the most pernicious obstacle to our achieving of full human development.” CBCP 1997 Pastoral Exhortation on Philippine Politics
A Thought to Ponder Let us begin with a typical politician's concept of public office. And even as we speak here of "a typical politician", we should soberly ask ourselves if the ideas and values, motives and acts, that we attribute to him may not be, if we are honest with ourselves, not too different from our own … CBCP 1997 Pastoral Exhortation on Philippine Politics
So What Is The Missing Link? MECHANISM / PROCESS for forming the practical conscience Offering OPTIONS
Conscience The Most Underutilized Resource of the Church Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Conscience The Church proposes; She imposes nothing John Paul II (Redemptoris Missio no. 39)
Conscience Formation of Conscience The Church’s COMPETENCE
Conscience Formation of the Practical Conscience in Politics starts with asking SPECIFIC QUESTIONS and looking for answers in a deliberate, proactive, methodical, communal, and God-filled manner.
Conscience Formation of the Practical Conscience requires learning the grammar and syntax of democracy Bottom-up Process Principles, rather than Personalities Suspending One’s Judgment for questions and answers to emerge
Conscience Formation of the Practical Conscience rejects SHORT CUTS
Conscience There is no ready-made nation … Nation-building requires a labor of love: brick by brick. It emerges from a Politics of Patience and Hope
A PAPAL INSIGHT “ Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity ” Benedict XVI Caritas in Veritate
Charity in Truth translates into PASTORAL ACCOMPANIMENT
FROM THE POPE In a particular way, I confirm the necessity and urgency of the evangelical formation and pastoral accompaniment of a new generation of Catholics working in politics, that they be coherent with the professed faith, that they have moral firmness, the capacity of educated judgment, professional competence and passion for service to the common good. Pope Benedict XVI, before the 23 rd Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, 15 November 2008
Pastoral accompaniment is a refuge, sanctuary, or space where people come alongside in a journey together towards integrity for the common good.
It is a trust relationship, growing in a journey of faith, hope, and love, a call to all the faithful, involving discipline and special skills.
PASTORAL ACCOMPANIMENT is KEY to infusing SPIRITUALITY, MORALITY, AND CHRISTIAN VALUES into our Electoral Process
2.RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE)
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? CiDE Network: faith-impelled Candidates Circle of Discernment: faith- impelled Choosing the way of God during Elections: helping to emerge a discerning bloc of voters and candidates
RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS Ganito na lang ba tayo? May God fearing ka ba? Talaga? Grasya ba ang tinanggap o disgrasya? Talaga?
RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS May kapalit ba ang inabot? Talaga? Saan tayo patungo? Talaga? Hanggang lesser evil na lang ba tayo? Talaga?
WHERE TO? 10 March Church Launch 16 March partnership launch with Catholic Media Network Run for HOPElections
A Proposed Timetable For A Politics Of Hope And Patience 2016 Confident of Results 2013 Expecting Results 2010 Expecting A Miracle
A Proposed Timetable For A Politics Of Hope And Patience 1970 to 2010 I want to see the contours of the Promised Land after 40 years in the desert