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Created by John Eipper on 11/15/06 6:18 AM - re-religion-on-missionary-activity-bienvenido-macario-philippines

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re: Religion: on Missionary Activity (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines) (John Eipper, USA, 11/15/06 6:18 am)

Bienvenido Macario writes:

In China, practically all Christian religions are tolerated by the government except the Roman Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Roman Catholic bishops, last time I checked, are in jail because they
refuse to renounce their allegiance to the Vatican, a competing
city-state.
Jehovah's Witnesses are banned because they refuse to submit to the authority of the Chinese government or any other government, including the
US government. They are conscientious objectors. Along with the Jews in
Nazi Germany in the 1930s and '40s, JW's were also imprisoned and sent to
the death camps. This is why so many people from different countries and
various religions would still prefer to move to the US, including Muslims.


Vietnam is another country that does not recognize the Vatican authority over its Catholic clergy. Among these nations, it is only in the
Philippines that the Church is above the state, even though the 1987
Constitution says the separation of state and church shall be inviolable.
By the way, the main authors of the 1987 constitution are Roman Catholic
Bishop Ted Bacani and Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ. You will notice that
Filipino English is quite dyslexic, as I have seen at least three
provisions in the present 1987 constitution that are dyslexically
implemented.  

JE comments: I am not sure what "dyslexically implemented" means. Speaking of Vietnam, are there any WAISer reflections on the planned visit
of GW Bush--next week, I believe--to that nation? It is only the second
US presidential visit since the end of the Vietnam War. (Bill Clinton
went there in 2000.)


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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA






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