However, his remarks, when seen in the eyes of those of us in the third world, are a bit differnt: It means not stealing, not diverting funds for the poor into your pockets, not buying elections so you can loot tax money, and paying an honest day's wages for an honest day's work.
Old leftie Archbishop Cruz discusses the corruption dancing in the Philippines (without naming names, since to do so is to be open to a libel lawsuit, as he well knows).
The break is over. The Holy Week has ended. The horrible looking effigies were burned. The EDCA was signed. The Obama visit is done. Now back to the rather old normal. The PDAF galore. The PDAF plunder. The PDAF queen and her cohorts. The PDAF queen’s hospitalization. The same PDAF queen on her confession prior to her operation.
The drama goes on. The public is watching closely. The media outlets are eagerly waiting. People remain angry; so much of their private resources became public funds. Public funds went to private pockets; so much graft and very corrupt practices repeatedly and nonchalantly passed by the “Matuwid na Daan.”
Who are all the PDAF beneficiaries among the honorable public officials in the country? Why is that only but three names are repeatedly mentioned and heard? Are the suspects only those not politically associated with Malacañang? Are all others holy men and women? What about the other members of the Senate? What about the members of Congress? What about the members of the Executive Department? And what about the lower public officials who either actively participated or played deaf and dumb by allowing themselves to be used for the big success of the PDAF scam?
he has more, but you get the idea...
as one local wag put it: bribes here are under the table...and over the table...and WITH the table.
and I doubt that the MSM will notice this remark by the dear Pope included reminding them that the unborn (and elderly and inconvenient handicapped) are out brothers and sisters.
Report from Turtlebayblog notes that a lot of that money is going to NGO's and bigshots to push abortion for poor people.
Billions of dollars in development aid will be spent on the priorities that find their way into the post-2015 development agenda, and everyone wants a piece of the pie.
Governments, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, private foundations and international organizations that make up the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) establishment have their sights set on getting some of that money, and they want to use it for abortions.
Pope Francis, like his predecessors had no qualms about saying where his priorities are.…an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.When John Paul II told Nafis Sadik to keep abortion out of U.N. development plans in 1994 because it was a “heinous crime” he got a lot more attention than Francis. The present media blackout on abortion issues is disquieting. The same happened in the middle of the week in Geneva when the Vatican told U.N. Experts that abortion is a form of torture. It is disquieting when the only voice in the world speaking out for millions of unborn human beings is silenced by the media.