Cardinal Rule

Jaime Cardinal Sin, who died last week at the age of 76 after a long fight with cancer, once wore his power lightly. He had a sly sense of humor—invaluable for a priest named Sin—and some of his sharper critiques of the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos came in the form of jokes and quips. That gentle method of opposition gave way to something bolder on Feb. 22, 1986, when Sin told Manila's residents to go out into the streets to protect military men who had split from Marcos; this turned into the potent force now known as People Power. Following...

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