The Word and Today’s Moral Issues and Challenges

Bp. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, D.D.
An Abstract

God created us in His image and likeness (cf. Genesis 1:27). However, due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the selfish desire to be like gods had emerged (cf. Genesis 3:4). Thus, the moral decadence of humanity is deeply rooted on man’s failure to listen to the Word of God. The question now presents itself: “How can we heal humanity from this moral downfall?” Let us once again be enlightened by the wisdom of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in order to find effective solution.  He says, “The word of God sheds light on human existence and stirs our conscience to take a deeper look at our lives, inasmuch as all human history stands under God’s judgment” (Verbum Domini 99) The Word of God can transform us to become genuine and credible persons by conforming us to the very image of the Incarnate Word  - Jesus Christ. 

Bp. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, D.D.

is the bishop of the Diocese of Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija.  He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005. Bishop Bancud finished his BS in Commerce at the University of Santo Tomas. He went to St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary, Davao City. As a member of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (Sacramentinos), he held various responsibilities as Postulant Director (1979-1980), Novice Master (1980-1988 and 1989-1993), Assist. Regional Superior of the Our Lady of the Assumption Region, Philippines (1981-1993), and General Consultor–SSS General Curia (1993-1999). He was also the Spiritual Director of the Men’s and Women’s Eucharistic League (2000) and Spiritual Director of the Eucharistic Fraternity (2001).  Currently, he is the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. (CBCP-ECBA).

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