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What might be called “Filipino theology”? What were and are its concerns? What is its reality? Whither is it now bound?

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The following texts on "The Church and The Political Community", "Laity's Involvement and Leadership in Politics", and "Religious Freedom" are excerpts from the Acts and Decrees of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (1992), nos. 330-367...

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The truth which sets us free is a gift of Jesus Christ (cf. Jn 8:32). Man's nature calls him to seek the truth while ignorance keeps him in a condition of servitude. Indeed, man could not be truly free were no light shed upon the central questions of his existence including, in particular, where he comes from and where he is going...

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The 35th General Congregation experienced the deep affection of the Holy Father on two occasions, in his letter of January 10, 2008 and at the audience on February 21, 2008...

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The Loyola School of Theology has been erected as an Ecclesiastical Faculty by the Congregation for Catholic Education on August 13, 1999 for the purpose of granting ecclesiastical degrees. The Apostolic Constitution, Sapientia Christiana, of the Supreme Pontiff Pope John Paul II on Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (1979) and the particular statutes of LST approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education govern the work of LST. What follows below is the text of Sapientia Christiana:
 

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Relativism has ... become the central problem for the faith at the present time. No doubt it is not presented only with its aspects of resignation before the immensity of the truth. It is also presented as a position defined positively by the concepts of tolerance and knowledge through dialogue and freedom, concepts which would be limited if the existence of one valid truth for all were affirmed.

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A new intolerance is spreading, that is quite obvious. There are well-established standards of thinking that are supposed to be imposed on everyone. These are then announced in terms of so-called "negative tolerance". For instance, when people say that for the sake of negative tolerance [i.e. "not offending anyone"] there must be no crucifix in public buildings. With that we are basically experiencing the abolition of tolerance, for it means, after all, that religion, that the Christian faith is no longer allowed to express itself visibly.

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