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Glory be to the Father and to the State One year has passed since the memorable People Power Two took place at the EDSA shrine Likewise it will not be long when we will be celebrating the original People Power that took place sixteen years ago When an individual watches films that were documented during both occasions heshe will definitely catch sight of a nun or a priest a member of a religious group a rosary or a statue of Mother Mary Some dramatic moments from EDSA I would include these nuns and priests courageously trying to stop tanks and military personnel from passing through the crowd in an attempt to save the deposed President Marcos As we commemorate the two People Power experiences during this time of the year religions role most especially the Catholic Churchs role for its success must never be disregarded and should be greatly appreciated I suppose Cardinal Sin should also be greatly honored for initiating the mass movement at EDSA sixteen years ago What greater way to give religion its deserved recognition than by flocking to the EDSA shrine and offer the occasion to Mother Mary every EDSA celebration Even though the Filipinos have a couple of People Powers to be proud of the relationship of religion and political matters is somewhat questionable Should we really draw in religion every time we need to show our political desires as we have shown in EDSA I and II Religion and Politics versus Church and State Before anything else I would first like to point out a fine line that distinguishes the relationship of religion and politics from interactions of the church and the State At first glance they seem to be similar but according to Kenneth Cauthen critical differences can be recognized between the two interactions The issue of church and state has to do with institutions and the spheres of action that are appropriate for each Here the
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