Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Ombudsman quits to avoid trial
Impeachment off but bishops say justice must still be doneOmbudsman Merceditas Gutierrez makes a point during a press conference
- Sean Salvador and ucanews.com staff, Manila
- April 29, 2011
Catholic bishops who have been calling for Gutierrezâ€™s resignation welcomed her decision but said moves to make her accountable for alleged irregularities should be pursued.
Gutierrez said she has been vilified in the media long enough.
â€śI hope we can now all focus on the impelling problems of our people rather than expending so much time, effort and resources to remove me from public office,â€ť she said.
Senators heaved a sigh of relief, saying it will save them precious time, although the government already spent some 15 million pesos (US$350,000) for trial preparations.
â€śMy question is with her resignation, has justice been served or will the search [for evidence of corruption] continue?â€ť said Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, former president of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines.
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said the government must still hold Gutierrez accountable for her alleged misdeeds.
He said it is also high time for the administration of President Benigno Aquino to appoint someone who has high credibility.
â€śNow is the time to watch President Aquino on his seriousness to fight corruption. Weâ€™ll see who he will put as Ombudsman,â€ť the prelate said.
Aquino had been saying Gutierrez was a stumbling block in his efforts to rid the government of corruption.
Congressmen who voted to impeach Gutierrez said she might have saved herself from a trial at the Senate, but she still has to face criminal charges.
â€śWhile it will render the impeachment trial at the Senate moot, it does not get her off the hook. The process of impeachment is only to impeach and remove her from office. Now the next step is to file charges against her," said Niel Tupas Jr. of the justice committee of the House of Representatives.
Former Solicitor General Frank Chaves, who recently filed plunder charges against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said charges of obstruction of justice might be filed against Gutierrez.
â€śShe has stolen the thunder. But she has saved the nation a lot of trouble, man-hours and efforts to have her impeached,â€ť Chavez said.