Religion: Bold Move in Baguio

Ever since Philippine independence in 1946, the Roman Catholic Church has assumed an active role in the social and economic development of Asia's only Catholic nation. In the past three years alone, the Philippine Bishops' Conference has inaugurated more than 2,000 projects, including rural credit unions, farming cooperatives and manpower training programs. This month the hierarchy made its boldest move to date.

From Baguio City, where they met in conference, the islands' 69 bishops denounced widespread corruption and exploitation of the poor. "The failure of government is the failure of every citizen," read the bishops' statement. It went on to detail the...

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