Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

25 Jul 2016 News No comments

World Youth Day 2016: full schedule

World Youth Day 2016 is taking place in Krakow this week and the Pope is taking part in a number of events Tuesday, July 26 Opening Mass (Błonia Park, 5…

Read more

02 Oct 2015 Articles Comments (2)

The origin of the Christmas Tree

The story of the Christmas tree is part of the story of the life of St. Boniface, whose name was originally Winfrid.  St. Boniface was born about the year 680 i…

Read more

06 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (26)

Can Catholics be cremated? I was taught that cremation is a pagan ritual and therefore forbidden.

Full Question Can Catholics be cremated? I was taught that cremation is a pagan ritual and therefore forbidden. Answer Early Christians opposed…

Read more

02 Dec 2014 Articles Comments (4)

Three Reasons to Be Porn-Free

There are good reasons to decide to live a porn-free life: it’s a sin; it can be addictive; it objectifies people; and so forth. In this post, howe…

Read more

05 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Peres says Francis only leader capable of ending today's wars

Peres said that “perhaps for the first time in history, the Holy Father is a leader who’s respected, not just by a lot of people, but also by different religion…

Read more

19 Nov 2016 News No comments

Mexican Mayor kills 300 people, who he ordered incinerated in network of ovens

Mexican authorities have arrested a former mayor who may have participated in over 300 drug killings in his village. Sergio Alonzo Rodriguez was mayor in Allend…

Read more

28 Jan 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Waiting for the Culture to Turn

I was reading an aviation magazine. The senior editor contributed a column on “what to do if you bend an airplane.” It was a discussion of the differences…

Read more

29 Aug 2016 Americas News USA Vatican No comments

Heartbroken couple forcibly separated after 62-years of marriage

Wolf and Anita Gottschalk have been forcibly separated for eight months, leaving a ripple of broken hearts across the internet. The Gottschalks have been mar…

Read more

17 Feb 2016 Articles News No comments

Love Means Not Withholding the Truth

Like most people, I don’t like going to the dentist. And if we consider the measure of discomfort that is inflicted on us when we do go, then we realize it is o…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Philippine bishops call for an end to police brutality

Bishops have pleaded with law enforcers to treat suspected criminals with respect and compassion after a sharp rise in police violence in the Philippines

In light of a spike in killings of suspected criminals, Philippine bishops appealed to law enforcement officials to use “reason and humanity.”

A June 20 pastoral letter touched on five points police ought to consider regarding killing of suspected criminals. In addition, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle released a novena for the protection of the Philippines to be prayed starting on June 21, nine days before the country’s newly elected leaders officially take office.

In the pastoral letter, the bishops said the concept of “shoot to kill” can only be legitimately carried out under three circumstances: “only first, when there is unjust provocation; second, when there is a real, not only conjectural, threat to your life or to the lives and safety of others; third, when there is due proportion between the threat posed and your own use of a firearm aimed at the threatening subject.”

It added, “Suspicion is never the moral equivalent of certainty, and punishment may be inflicted only on the ground of certainty.”

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte ran for president on the promise to rid the country of crime during his first six months in office. Since he was elected May 9, police statistics showed 29 suspected criminals were killed by law enforcement. That is more than half the 39 killed from January 1 to May 9.

The Philippine National Police did not say whether there was a direct link between the deaths and the policy of the incoming administration. The British news agency Reuters reported “speculation has been rife” that officials with various local police departments had started to go after drug lords that could claim close ties to them.

Since he was elected, Duterte has emphasised his administration would be offering millions in reward money to security forces for killing criminals that hold various positions in drug-dealing operations. He also said he would not hesitate to go after corrupt police officials who are found to have ties to drug operations.

Duterte was mayor of Davao City in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao for nearly 25 years. Human rights advocates have said he was linked to death squads responsible for more than 1,400 extrajudicial killings in Davao.
The bishops reminded the faithful that it is “never morally permissible” to receive reward money for killing suspected criminals. It said it was every Catholic’s duty to report vigilante activity.

In late May, the Philippine peace observer of the Rome-based Sant’Egidio Community, Alberto Quattrucci, wrote in an essay that concern over “the dark and disturbing tone (of) the statements of the president-elect remained.”

But Quattrucci said the recent phenomenon of electing a strongman or strongwoman into office was not unique to the Philippines, and that the people who elected such leaders into office should keep tabs on how well they would keep their promises.

Quattrucci said Duterte’s election to the Philippine presidency offered a “glimmer of light” for the government’s peace agreement with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The agreement signed in the spring of 2014 hit a major setback last year, when efforts to pass a law that would create an autonomous area in the Muslim-majority part of Mindanao failed.

Duterte has vowed his administration would pursue peace with Mindanao-based groups, including various Muslim rebel factions that had been at odds with the government for decades.









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories