A POLITICAL DIALOGUE IN THE PHILIPPINES


Recently, I wrote a letter to The Philippine STAR Columnist Carmen Navarro-Pedrosa in response to a piece she wrote about the role of the Catholic Church in what she considered some seminal events that influenced Philippine history. I was flattered to find that Ms. Pedrosa, only a few days later, published excerpts from my letter as part of her own column. This in turn inspired
Father Thomas Martin, an American Catholic priest based in the Philippines, to respond to my by then very well publicized remarks. I of course felt obligated to respond to Father Martin. Below are the links to the texts that form what I believe is an interesting dialogue.

Just a little background. Joseph Rizal, who Ms. Pedrosa mentions in her column, was a physician, author and educator who wrote extensively on the suffering of the Philippine people under hundreds of years of Spanish occupation. In his mid-30s he was executed (1898) for his writings, which Spain considered treasonous. (Hey, it could happen to an American today!)

Ms. Pedrosa's Column

My letter

Father Martin's email to me

My response to Father Martin

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