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Religion and Politics, Church and State

The Church is often accused of "interfering in politics" when she speaks on issues that affect society. What should the relationship between religion and politics be? This article explores the distinct but complementary relationship between Church and State. Right from the outset, we must be clear that there is a distinction [...]

Religion and Politics, Church and State2018-10-14T19:46:40+00:00

Pastoral Letter on S377A to Catholics

S377A - TO REPEAL OR NOT TO REPEAL: A CONSCIENTIOUS DECISION A Pastoral Letter to Catholics in Singapore Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There is much debate today, even among Catholics, as to whether Singapore should repeal S377A of the Penal Code. Some feel the law should be retained to avoid normalising [...]

Pastoral Letter on S377A to Catholics2018-09-19T00:04:34+00:00

Pastoral Message on the Recent Clerical Sex Abuse Scandals Abroad

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, You must be wondering what is going on in the minds and hearts of the Archbishop and his priests with regard to the revelation in August 2018 that some 300 priests had sexually abused over a thousand minors in Pennsylvania over the last 70 years.  Like you, [...]

Pastoral Message on the Recent Clerical Sex Abuse Scandals Abroad2018-09-01T20:57:59+00:00

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK IN GOOD TIME  1.   Purpose Of This Pastoral Letter Often, people are disappointed, upset and angry that they cannot find a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for a loved one who is dying or is in a critical condition.  Some are under [...]

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick2018-04-10T13:08:32+00:00

Pastoral Message on On-line Gambling

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The government has recently reviewed the law prohibiting online-gambling; allowing Singapore Pools to operate on-line gambling with restrictions. Whilst we share the concerns of many Singaporeans on the moral and social implications of gambling on society, especially on the family and in particular on the impending invasion [...]

Pastoral Message on On-line Gambling2018-04-10T13:04:48+00:00

Standing up for Jesus

Today, the Church rejoices as we reach the climax of the Easter Season by celebrating the Feast of Pentecost. The cry of Pentecost is to renew the face of the earth. Having been given New Life in Christ, it is time now for the Church to share the Good News of Jesus the Risen Lord and [...]

Standing up for Jesus2017-03-05T02:22:34+00:00

Pastoral Letter on Building Community

An Essential for the Work of the New Evangelisation Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In many of his letters, St John Paul II underscored the importance of communion in the mission of the Church.  In his encyclical to the Church in Asia, he wrote, “communion and mission are inseparably connected. They interpenetrate and [...]

Pastoral Letter on Building Community2017-04-28T18:17:28+00:00

Pastoral Letter on the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

What the world needs most today, more than at any time in history, is mercy. In the world of science and technology, there is no place for mercy. This lack of mercy is evident in the violent destruction of human life and habitat. Ironically, such acts are often justified in the name of justice.

Pastoral Letter on the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy2017-03-05T02:22:48+00:00

Preparing for General Election 2015

"The just ordering of society or the state is not the central responsibility of the Church. Yet, as citizens of the state, we are called to participate in public life in a personal capacity."

Preparing for General Election 20152018-04-10T12:58:58+00:00