Where Are The Jesuits?
Back in the inglorious days of the Erap presidency, the Ateneo was the venue for the meetings and conferences of civil society. Now, the gatherings are held in de la Salle University in Taft or the high school branch in Greenhills.
For the first time, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian School, otherwise known as the La Salle brothers, have spearhead the moral battle against the Arroyo administration. With the exception of the Jesuit law expert, Fr. Bernas, whose name has become a household word, the Jesuits have been largely missing from the throng just like Imee Marcos, Bingbong Crisologo, Oscar Malapitan or Antonio Serapio, much to the dismay of the anti-Arroyo forces. What is the deal with the Jesuits?
Does it have to do with the fact that their new Jesuit Provincial, Fr. Daniel Patrick Huang is an apolitical priest not in the mold of Fr. Robert Drinan or Fr. Romeo Intengan?
Without help from the Jesuits, the movement seems to lack the intellectual and moral muscle that these footsoldiers of Inigo Lopez de Loyola have been trained to provide. The La Salle Brothers, while always generous in the use of their facilities especially during election time, have never presented themselves as heavyweight equals of the Jesuits. Thus, for an outsider, the absence of the Jesuits, both in body and spirit, is all the more prominent.
What will take them to be convinced of the righteousness of the parliament of the street or what is within the parliament of the streets or from without that give them pause to extend their support? Their silence is deafening. Or could it be they are just waiting for the appearance on the stage by the Apo Hiking Society before they join the bandwagon?
Whatever it is, come out out wherever they are. And act in a manner that is truly reflective of the motto “Lux-in- Domino” - Light in the Lord.
The night is fast falling and we have yet to see the Lord's light.