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Church-State Tabinan

To celebrate the Jubilee of Government and Business, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan clergy and the Government Officials of Pangasinan made a commitment to collaborate and cooperate together to work for Peace, Progress and the Pangasinan People’s Common Good. Signing a Manifesto of Commitment called TABINAN, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Clergy and the Government Officials and LGUs of Pangasinan gathered at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen for a formal launching of the TABINAN which was followed by a formal dinner last November 19, 2012.

As the shepherd of the Church in the Archdiocese, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD. reiterated that there is really an inviolable separation between the Church and the State. “But this separation is not an isolation, because both are serving the same people. Our life in Pangasinan is like a game of chess.” On a chess board, there are chess pieces with different figures. “Everyone has to play his game fully well in a game of chess.” Each piece must perform his role to the best of his ability. “It does not matter whether we are pawns or kings or queens or bishops. What is important is while the game is going on, we should play our game to the best possible. And when the game is over, all the chess pieces are put together in one box. And that is life.” He then promised to be the best bishop of Pangasinan that he could be. Buy levitra vardenafil 10 mg Cialis viagra generic prescription cheapest online. Levitra brand online generic 5mg buy without prescription order overnightВ  Then he urged each one, to be the best governor, the best mayor, the best barangay chairman, the best priest, the best in the game of chess. He followed it up with a reminder that “when the game is over, all of us will be placed also inside the box, individually, not together, in the coffin to be laid to our perpetual rest. But while the game is going on, may we always strive to give our very very best.”

The Archbishop ended by thanking the governor for the hands of collaboration, and assuring the governor of his prayers to be the best governor that he could be. He also asked the governor to pray for him to be the best bishop that he could be. He then invited everyone to pray for one another that “we will always be the best that we can be, because Pangasinan and our Church deserve the best.”

For his part, Governor Espino, as the head of the province of Pangasinan, thanked “Fr. Soc for paving the way for this Tabinan: Church-Local Government Units Partnership in the province of Pangasinan and the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.” He talked about the misconception that the separation of the Church and the State prevents both from working together. He affirmed Fr. Soc’s position that both work for the common good and protect the welfare of the same people…Each moves separately, but each is directed towards a common direction.” He also mentioned that “the caretakers of the government are also members of the Church, in like manner that you, the pastors of the Church fall under the care of the government.” He also pointed out that the differences between the Church and the State, no matter how serious, can always be resolved through constant dialogue which would not be possible if we stop talking to each other. “But as long as the communication lines are open, and there is a sincere effort to understand each other, we can always find creative ways and means to support each other.”

He then expressed his gratefulness to Fr. Soc who has maintained a healthy dialogue writing unique essays with the government. He also appreciated how Fr. Soc expressed his thoughts and feelings including some that involve very sensitive issues. He admired Fr. Soc’s openness, and expressed his hope to “be inspired by his humility and willingness to take risks for the sake of establishing a lasting and meaningful relationship for all of us.”

He ended by also assuring the good archbishop of his prayers cheap esomeprazole online no rx saturday delivery order esomeprazole cod saturday order esomeprazole cod next day esomeprazole buy esomeprazole xrВ  that he would be the best bishop that he could be, and he also assured all the priests of the archdiocese of their prayers that they be the best priests and pastors of the Church.

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