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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
My column this week looks at politics and religion in the context of the evolving relations between Church and State. Do consider lending your support by being a Patreon of this newsletter and my other efforts.

This week's Long View
Vox populi? Vox humbug! | Inquirer Opinion
Related readings
For my previous discussions on secularism and Church and State, see Rebuilding The Walls Separating Church From State (2005), Church and State Sources (2006), Faith and Morals (2008), The Secular Ideal (2008), The cross and the sword (2017) and Divorce lost in the debate (2017) and Presidents and capital punishment (2017). See also, this year’s Presentation: The Rise and Fall of our Fifth Republic. In 2012 Florin Hilbay wrote an informative commentary, Religious participation in the party-list.
Read Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Hierarchy of the Philippines on Elections from September 12, 1953 and “The Truth Will Set You Free” (John 8:32) from February 25, 2022 to see the evolution in tone and language in exhortations from the Catholic hierarchy to the faithful. For a definitive digest of Catholic teaching on the role of Catholicism in political life, see the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life.
For the consecration of the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and then to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, see Fifth Day —Sunday, December 4, 1954 Summit and Closing of the Congress and President Magsaysay’s Consecration of the Philippines to the Sacred Heart. From December 24, 1956, see Protests Ignored in Consecration of Philippines for the controversy caused by the participation by President Magsaysay. More recently, see Philippine bishops consecrate nation to Mary (2020), Act of Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus (2003), and Holy See: The Consecration of Russia has taken place.
Proyekto Pilipino
#ProyektoPilipino has a main show, with video, and a follow-up (or follow-through) podcast. Here are the two most recent episodes for each. Why not subscribe?
TV o FB: Usapang Media | Episode 9 | Proyekto Pilipino
TV o FB: Usapang Media | Episode 9 | Proyekto Pilipino
Star Ng Halalan: Celebrity Endorsers | Episode 10 | Proyekto Pilipino
Star Ng Halalan: Celebrity Endorsers | Episode 10 | Proyekto Pilipino
Si Mayor at Gov atbp - Proyekto Pilipino: Conversations on Civics and Politics | Podcast on Spotify
Survey says - Proyekto Pilipino: Conversations on Civics and Politics | Podcast on Spotify
Interesting Readings Department
Two parts of a piece. An interesting take by the author of a new book; and a truly remarkable piece of investigation published in the WaPost.
How the Marcos family could rule again in the Philippines | The Interpreter
How the Philippines’ brutal history is being whitewashed for voters - The Washington Post
If you’re unable to access the article, click the link below to read a kind of executive summary.
Thread by @RegineCabato on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader App
April 1942: WW2PH 80 Years After - The Philippine Diary Project
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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III @mlq3

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at; I write on history, politics and culture; and I write speeches and have worked in political communications; and I used to broadcast (which is where The Explainer comes from); I also set up and maintain the Philippine Diary Project; this is a newsletter to keep readers abreast of what I've written, am writing, and think about what's going on as well as a way to expand topics and conversations on all sorts of issues. Ideally, this will come thrice weekly:
1. Every Monday: Electoral-Merry-Go Round, on the Road to the 2022 Presidential Elections
2. Every Wednesday or Thurday: My column, "The Long View" along with additional material/thoughts on the topic.
3. Passion Project Weekends: reviews and recommendations books, movies, and other things; updates on The Philippine Diary Project and other things I find interesting. If my podcast comes out, this is when I'd promote it.

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