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1 THE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL AGENDA OF ELECTIONS 2010 AND BEYOND Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE)

2 1.FORMING THE PRACTICAL CONSCIENCE Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE)

3 : THE DILAAB CIDE (Circles of Discernment for Elections) JOURNEY WHERE ARE WE COMING FROM?

4 : Patronage Politics during Elections: the ORIGINAL SIN of graft and corruption

5 Candidates’ Perspective  WINNING at all costs  Election as INVESTMENT and Public Service as BUSINESS

6 Voters’ Perspective “Lesser Evil” Mentality

7 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

8 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

9 A CONSCIENCE BLOC A Ray 0f Hope:

10 A Conscience Bloc Source: SWS 2007 Survey

11 So What Is The Missing Link?  MECHANISM / PROCESS for forming the practical conscience  Offering OPTIONS

12 Conscience The Most Underutilized Resource of the Church Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D.D.

13 Conscience The Church proposes; She imposes nothing John Paul II (Redemptoris Missio no. 39)

14 Conscience Formation of Conscience The Church’s COMPETENCE

15 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.

16 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

17 Conscience Formation of the Practical Conscience rejects SHORT CUTS

18 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

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20 Politics of Patience and Hope Demands LOVE

21 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

22 Charity in Truth translates into PASTORAL ACCOMPANIMENT

23 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

24 Pastoral accompaniment is a refuge, sanctuary, or space where people come alongside in a journey together towards integrity for the common good.

25 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.

26 PASTORAL ACCOMPANIMENT is KEY to infusing SPIRITUALITY, MORALITY, AND CHRISTIAN VALUES into our Electoral Process

27 2.RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE)

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29 RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS

30 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

31 RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS Ganito na lang ba tayo? May God fearing ka ba? Talaga? Grasya ba ang tinanggap o disgrasya? Talaga?

32 RAISING THE TIDE OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS May kapalit ba ang inabot? Talaga? Saan tayo patungo? Talaga? Hanggang lesser evil na lang ba tayo? Talaga?

33 WHERE TO? 10 March Church Launch 16 March partnership launch with Catholic Media Network Run for HOPElections

34 A Proposed Timetable For A Politics Of Hope And Patience 2016 Confident of Results 2013 Expecting Results 2010 Expecting A Miracle

35 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

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37 The challenge of faith-impelled nation building

38 A Drama in 5 Acts

39 Ganito na lang ba tayo?

40 Tama na, sobra na!

41 Ganito na lang ba tayo? Tama na, sobra na! Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?

42 Ganito na lang ba tayo? Tama na, sobra na! Kung hindi ngayon, Kailan pa? Pwede pala Pinoy!

43 Ganito na lang ba tayo? Tama na, sobra na! Kung hindi ngayon, Kailan pa? Pwede pala Pinoy! Masarap pala ang magpakabait at sumama sa mga nagpapakabait.

44 SPIRITUALITY Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE) Copyright © 2008 by Dilaab Foundation Inc. Contact Information:

45 SPIRITUALITY Circles of Discernment for Elections (CiDE) Copyright © 2008 by Dilaab Foundation Inc. N.B. Dilaab partners agree to share CiDE modules according to the letter and spirit intended by Dilaab


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