'Spread Kapatiran's Message' - Cardinal Sin.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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JAIME L. Cardinal Sin gave his full support to Kapatiran sa Pangkalahatang Kabutihan, (Kapatiran) to make politics an effective means for integral development for all rather than a tool for the advancement of a privileged few. Kapatiran is a nonviolent political movement for the common good.

In an earlier message

congratulating the officers

and members of Kapatiran,

Cardinal Sin lamented that

'there is now a growing

tendency to eliminate God in

our endeavors. There is room

for everything and everybody

except God.' He warned that

this attitude would not bear

fruits. 'History is our greatest

teacher on this. In vain

do builders labor, if

God is not with them'

The Manila Archbishop endorsed Kapatiran to the Council of the Laity of Manila and directed its president, Dr. Ricardo S.D. Ledesma, "to disseminate their (Kapatiran's) message to our lay organizations and movements in the Archdiocese."

Says the Cardinal: "I have always believed that it is about time for our lay faithful to be more actively involved in socio-political affairs." He referred to Kapatiran as "a group of concerned Catholic laity who wanted to contribute to the social transformation by raising the political awareness and maturity of our people."

In an earlier message congratulating the officers and members of Kapatiran, Cardinal Sin lamented that "there is now a growing tendency to eliminate God in our endeavors. There is room for everything and everybody except God." He warned that this attitude would not bear fruits. "History is our greatest teacher on this. In vain do builders labor, if God is not with them."

He told Kapatiran: "We recognize you as a collaborator so that the world may know and uphold what is good, true and right. We must join hands so that our nation may journey toward authentic peace, prosperity and joy. We are one with you."

The Cardinal's message was in response to the letter he received from Kapatiran, an organization composed of ordinary citizens and ordinary lay faithful "who can no longer sit idly by while they see the betrayal of public trust by elected and appointed public officials, man's inhumanity to man, the poor and the marginalized exploited by unscrupulous politicians to promote their selfish ends, the deterioration of public and private morality, high crime rates and increased corruption in government, and who want to put an end to dirty politics."

The lay faithful's participation was also in response to the call of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines "to participate actively and lead in the renewing of politics in accordance with the values of the Good News of Jesus. …