A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

Monday, May 29, 2017
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Articles and Documents

Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, D.D., "Carving Out the 'Asian Face' of Christ: Challenge to a New Ecclesiastical Faculty," Landas 13/2 (1999): 100-105.

Address delivered by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila, on the official declaration of Loyola School of Theology as an Ecclesiastical Faculty on September 10, 1999.

“The marker outside the Loyola House of Studies sets down 12 September 1965 as the date on which the splendid new buildings which the Philippine Jesuit Province had built on the Ateneo de Manila Campus on Loyola Heights were formally taken over by the Jesuit Scholasticate community. At that time, on 12 September, the whole Church used to celebrate the feast of the sweet name of Mary. That was 34 years ago, almost to the day.” (Download the whole article here.)

“Why this waste?” the disciples asked when a woman poured expensive ointment on the Lord’s head on the eve of his  passion. “It could have been sold for much and the money given to the poor” (Mt. 26: 8-9). Why this “waste” indeed?  Why, in a country where so many are poor, at a time of economic instability, political uncertainty, and environmental  crisis, spend for theology? Is thinking and talking about God, which is what theology essentially is, worth so much?


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