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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice…” (Psalm 112:5, the Holy Bible).

THE CHIEF JUSTICE WE NEED NOW: Veteran broadcaster Ben Paypon and long-time journalist turned broadcaster Vic Endriga have a point: the things being asked at the on-going Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview of candidates for the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a little bit off-tangent and are not the type of questions that would show who would be the best candidate.

The fact is that, all of these candidates are academically-qualified, lawyers who have earned their spurs and their millions from the legal profession, and are possessed with the necessary degree of intelligence and common sense to run the judiciary as the country’s top magistrate. But then, as Paypon said, we must first of all look into the “character” of the candidate and see whether he is morally anchored.

This is actually an echo of what I have been trying to say here all along: if we are to install a new Chief Justice, let us all make sure that the one to be appointed is a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells, who has fear and love of God in his or her heart all his life, not just now that he or she is trying to get the position. A man or woman who walks with God will be just and fair and truthful, and that is the Chief we need now.

RH LAW TO DIMINISH CATHOLICS? Indeed, we cannot fault the bishops and leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines for saying President Aquino declared war on the Church when he said, in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), that he was pushing for the enactment of the “Reproductive Health Bill” (RH Bill). Why? Simply because when the bill becomes a law, most affected will be Roman Catholics who claim they are the majority in the Philippines.

With a Reproductive Health Law that virtually allows even very young minor girls to have an abortion, even against the wishes of their parents, what this really would amount to is a diminished Roman Catholic membership in the country. If it is true that majority of Filipinos are still Catholics, then a liberalized abortion law---which is what the RH Bill really is---would make abortion easier for many Catholics.

If more Catholics would practice abortion, because the Reproductive Health Law will allow abortion, that would reduce all the more the number of Catholics in the Philippines, right? This, more than anything else, is what really is bothering the bishops and other Catholic leaders, especially in the light of dwindling Catholics and Christians in many other parts of the world.

GOD’S COMMAND FOR MAN TO FILL THE EARTH: Just so everyone is reminded about how the Bible views increased population in the world, I will reproduce here its Genesis 1:26-28 and 31: “… Then God said, `Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, `Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground…

“God saw all that he had made and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning---the sixth day….”

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