“The Philippines, An Asiatic and Catholic Archipelago” Book Launch

The Philippines, An Asiatic and Catholic Archipelago Book LaunchHow 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.

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
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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@ateneo.edu