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Death Squads Scared Me Too

May 6, 2011 ·  By Father Shay Cullen, (republishing, copying, no restrictions)

The energetic and outspoken Philippine Commissioner on Human Rights Leila De Lima is a breath of fresh air in a putrid stench-filled atmosphere where the silence of consent by a majority of citizens has allowed the execution of as many as 814 people including 73 children who are hapless innocent victims of the Davao Death […]


Moguls should learn to mine their own business

May 2, 2011 · 

Bishops, priests, environmental defenders, indigenous people and the common Filipino have one thing in common and that is a love of their once beautiful land and the environment. When they are told that there is a bonanza of wealth that could make them all rich, they laugh. It’s all lies, just stories of greedy speculators […]


Happiness, the Measure of a Good Life

April 27, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Happiness, for one nation at least, is the measure by which they want to judge themselves to be well governed, developed and successful. The measuring stick of the people of Bhutan, a small impoverished kingdom in the Himalayas is Gross National Happiness (or GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (or GDP). Simply put, spiritual well-being […]


Heroic Valentines

February 2, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

It was a cruel and vicious Roman Emperor Claudius II, as legend has it, who jailed and executed saint and martyr Valentine in 269 AD. He was a young priest who stood for his belief in Christian marriage and performed secret weddings against the orders of the emperor who wanted many more unmarried men in […]


The Suffering of Children

January 26, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Saving and protecting children from abusers, pimps, pedophiles, and traffickers, be they parents or corrupt business people, is the work that goes on everyday here at the Preda Children’s Home. New cases, seemingly one worse than the other, arrive every few days. The child care team and the legal team help them cope up with […]


The Trafficking of Children

January 19, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The great challenge that the Aquino government has inherited and is trying to confront is the proliferation of sexual violence against children and the shocking trade in human persons in the Philippines. Most of the trafficking is internal to the Philippines. Thousands of women and children are taken from the remote impoverished rural regions. The […]


The Values We Live For

January 12, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

While you might believe that the world is mired in a hopeless, all powerful culture of greed and selfish pleasure, take heart and inspiration from the thousands of people who risk their lives daily in the unselfish and heroic service of the oppressed and endangered people of the developing world. Last week Columban Missionaries Father […]


The Nature of Love

January 5, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

One of the biggest problems that is facing some poor developing nations is over population. It is brought about by poverty stemming from social inequality, injustice, the capture and concentration of the national resources and wealth in the hands and pockets of a few super rich elite. Rich countries on the other hand have shared […]


Racial Discrimination on the Supermarket Shelf

November 17, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Shirley, 16, hid in her bedroom lying on her face and crying. She refused to go to school. Her mother, Maria, with gentle persuasion, got her to sit up and take her hands away from covering her face. Maria gasped, her child’s face was a blotch of angry red blotches. “What happened, what caused this?”, […]


The Good News We Were Waiting For

November 12, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Last week, there was good news when the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) from Angeles city linked up with their Olongapo counterpart and raided a cyber-sex den in a private house just five minutes away from the City Hall. There they found five children, 14 years-old to 16, working as “show girls”. The […]

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