BECOMING A LEAVEN OF SOCIETY
The Catholic Church & Philippine Politics in the Light of the Second Plenary Council
Aloysius Lopez Cartagenas
Paper Cover/ ©2014
This book is a must-read for one who seeks to envision a Church of the Poor and a Church of Empowerment as leaven of Philippine society. The author contends that the Church on the ground is far from the ideals laid down in its own social teachings. But hope lies in ‘faith inspired lay groups’ who are trekking the initial steps towards an empowering process of engagement with civil society to bring forth the desired social transformation. After clarifying and analyzing the existing Catholic lay groups/movements, the author offers dynamic indicators for change through modernizing ways in utilizing public institutions for participatory deliberation and decision-making. The book is rich in content and well-written, professional and rational in style, and deeply reflective. It does not only whet the eagerness to read some more but, more importantly, sharpens one’s conscience to move on and take action.
– Ma. Luisa Chiongbian
Director – Cebu Citizens Movement for People Empowerment
and Liberation (CCIMPEL)