[Blueboard] Invite to a Book Launch

Dit G. Sablan esablan at admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 12 14:14:13 PHT 2016

Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.
The Departments of Theology and Political Science of the Ateneo de 
Manila University
and The Loyola School of Theology

invite you to the Book Launch of

/*The Philippines*//*
*//*An Asiatic and Catholic Archipelago*/
*by Pierre de Charentenay, SJ *

Monday, 15 February 2016
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University


* Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General, Arzobispado de Manila
* Dr. Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of 
Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University

/RSVP:  Mye Tomista / 426-6001 loc 5372 / 0915-298-9038 / 
mtomista at ateneo.edu//

How to build a strong nation with so many fractures? We shall attempt to 
answer this question by making a journey back to previous historical, 
political, and religious developments. We must, therefore, speak of 
religion in the Philippine context. Religion and politics are almost 
inalienable from Philippine culture, separation of church and state 
notwithstanding. Catholicism was thoroughly cultivated in the population 
of the archipelago, while Christianity remains the religion of “white 
men” in many parts of Asia. After all, it was the Spaniards who 
evangelized by fiat of its royal /“patronato”/ in order to “humanize and 
Christianize their colonies.” In managing to make the Philippines the 
only major Catholic country in Asia at its time, this identity marker 
has shaped the majority of inhabitants in the archipelago.

(From the /Introduction/)


*Pierre de Charentenay*, an Ardennes-born, Parisian, entered the Society 
of Jesus at 22 in 1965. In addition to his Jesuit formation in 
philosophy and theology, he earned a Masters degree in Sociology at 
Fordham University in New York and a doctorate in Political Science in 
Paris. He taught Sociology of International Relations in the Institut 
Catholique de Paris for six years. Subsequently, he was the Director of 
a bimonthly journal of formation of lay people in France, “Cahiers de 
l’action religieuse et sociale” (1985-1991), President of the Jesuit 
Faculty in Paris, Centre Sèvres (1991-1997), and Director of the 
European office of the Jesuits in Brussels (1997-2004). Following a 
sabbatical year at Fordham, he became Chief Editor of the review Etudes 
until 2012, then a Political Science faculty at the Ateneo de Manila 
University in the Philippines for a year. He has written many articles 
and several books on European Politics, Social Doctrine of the Church, 
and the relations between Church and State in different contexts, and is 
currently a member of the College of Writers of the /Civilta 
Cattolica/ in Rome.

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