Showing posts from December, 2012

Making Sense of Senseless

It’s so heartbreaking.

“Twenty schoolchildren [between 5 to 10 years old] were slaughtered by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire at a suburban elementary school in Connecticut on Friday [December 14, 2012], ultimately killing at least 27 people including himself in the one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.” (Source: Reuters)
US President Barack Obama cried while addressing the nation. “They had their entire lives ahead of them—birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping children fulfill their dreams... I react not as a president, but as anyone else would -- as a parent.” (The Atlantic Wire)
Then, on my Twitter feed, I saw the latest body count wrought by Typhoon Pablo according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). “The death toll from typhoon ‘Pablo’ (international codename ‘Bopha’) has reached 955, with 841 still missing,… NDRRMC Executive Dir…

An Act Of God?

The legislative debate on the Reproductive Health Bill incurred the wrath of God. That’s what the Catholic clergy want us to believe in the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Pablo (international name “Bopha”).

In an interview with Radio Veritas, a Catholic AM Station, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said,  Ewanko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos saatin na kapag iyan ay pinag-uusapan ng matindi ay parang may mensahe nanangyayari na maraming kahirapan na nagaganap sa atin. [“I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or God may be telling us that whenever this is discussed heavily, it seems there is somehow a message that many hardships seem to be happening.”] Remember that, a few months ago, when Habagat hit us hard, though Father Melvin Castro of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family Life stopped short of linking the monstrous monsoon with the RH Bill, nonetheless he said, Although we would not give other meaning toit, nonetheles…