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A STATEMENT ON THE CORONA IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS
by Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro and Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) Head Convenor
February 21, 2012
In Mark 4:22, Jesus said, “Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open; and whatever is covered up will be uncovered.”
This year, the Church celebrates the Year of Faith with the motto: Living truth in charity. I am praying with the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for truth to be held supreme… “Since God is love, truth is expressed in charity, and charity in turn reveals the truth.”
Likewise, the Holy Father reaffirmed the need for a profound conviction of the truth of God’s revelation in His Son Jesus Christ, because “if there is no truth, we have no compass and do not know where to go.” Life can be rich and beautiful only if there is truth. This conviction for truth makes it possible for the Church to re-evangelize humankind today.
Thus, I am praying that the Philippine Senate as an impeachment court against Chief Justice Renato Corona will unravel the “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
I am praying that the impeachment court exhaust all available means to ferret out the whole truth.
Furthermore, I am praying that the court remain vigilant and prevent any attempt to suppress, hide or dilute the whole truth.
I am praying that the senator-judges, as elected servants, look at the truth from the point of view of the sovereign people of the Philippines, their Boss. Therefore, I am praying that they become aware of any personal, political or other vested interests that might becloud their lenses as jurists.
I am praying that the final verdict would always be for the Common Good, never for the benefit of just a few.
I am praying that the final verdict is reached as early as possible. Therefore, if there is enough evidence to warrant a fair, just and loving decision, I pray that this final verdict be pronounced the soonest possible.
I am praying that after giving a swift, objective, and pro-people decision on the impeachment proceedings, the senator-judges and the members of the House of Representatives, as an act of charity, return immediately to their respective legislative houses so that the many bills that are for the Common Good are passed after sufficient study, and with reasonable speed.
May the Holy Spirit of Wisdom, Justice and Love guide us. May Mary, our mother and all the saints support us.
In the Holy Spirit,
BISHOP GERARDO ALMINAZA, D.D. (SIGNED)
Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro/ Head Convenor of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG)
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