THE PHILIPPINES: Delicate Question

When 26-year-old Father Hermogenes Coronel came to the sleepy little parish of San Rafael in 1940, no one welcomed him more heartily than Alfredo Musni. The priest took a room in Alfredo's house, became fast friends with Alfredo, his wife and his daughter Gloria. Later, Father Coronel and Alfredo's brother-in-law entered a business partnership to found the San Rafael Academy. In 1946, Alfred Musni enrolled blooming 18-year-old Gloria in Father Coronel's school.

Last week, the Musni family and Father Coronel, friends no longer, were glaring at each other across a Manila courtroom...

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