Church Starts Social Concerns Year Celebration
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
Catholic Church leaders in the country will officially launch the celebration of the "Social Concerns Year" today at the Manila Cathedral (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) in Intramuros, Manila.
The celebration is meant not only to raise the Filipino people's moral consciousness on various social issues in the country but also for the people to be made aware of how the Church is responding to these concerns, religious leaders said yesterday.
Last January, during the bishops' Plenary Assembly, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declared 2006 as "Social Concerns Year" under the auspices of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But it was only now that the Philippine Catholic Church will formally launch the Social Concerns Year celebration.
CBCP President Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said the bishops made the declaration to raise the Filipino's moral consciousness with respect to the social issues affecting the country and to be made aware of the responses being given by the Church.
He also said that the bishops are aware of the fact that the renewal of the Philippine public life does not only require the transformation of the people's cultural values and structures but also more intensive efforts on the part of the Church.
The Jaro, Iloilo prelate quoted Pope Benedict XVI in one of his exhortations: "The direct duty to work for a just ordering of society is proper to lay faithful... They cannot relinquish their participation in the many different economic, social legislative, administrative and cultural areas, which are intended to promote organically and institutionally the common good. …