“With a nagging tinge of irony”

One response to the column on "The Christian in politics" came by way of the Inquirer.net feedback loop, and offered a summary view of my writing on religious issues:

I read with much interest and with a nagging tinge of irony
John Nery's article "The Christian in politics", which appeared in his
December 16, 2008, column. Nery is correct when he points out that,
far from disavowing politics, a Christian can — and at times should
— engage in politics as it is the means to help create a better
society. To do so in a Christian manner, however, one must at least
know one's faith. And so I find it curious that this is the same John
Nery who erroneously claimed that artificial contraception is an issue
on which a Catholic can disagree with the Church in good faith. He
uses this falsehood to defend the 14 Ateneo professors who have
betrayed their and educational institution — despite the documented
fact that the Church has always been against artificial contraception
as far back as Church teaching has been recorded. The early Church
Fathers condemned it; the encyclical Casti Connubii (1930) did the
same, as did Humanae Vitae (1968). The issue is NOT an undecided one
in which a Catholic can faithfully take either side. To pretend that
it is such is ignorant at best, and irresponsible at worst! Nery is
correct when he writes: "A fuller reckoning of Manglapus' faith-driven
politics awaits a grateful nation." One wishes then that Nery's
"politics" were as at least properly-informed.

Emmanuel Amador
Ateneo de Manila AB Communications Arts AB Philosophy (1985)
Cebu City

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