‘Not a religious university’

‘Not a religious university’

by UA&P News Desk on August 10, 2011 - 11:00 am

Submitted by Ramon Cabrera, V IPE, to BusinessWorld Editorial

I’m writing this letter not as an official representative of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) as an institution, but rather as one of its concerned students.

In an article entitled “UA&P affirms its stand: No to RH Bill,” which you posted online last Friday (July 29,2011), your newspaper covered the press conference that the university conducted that day regarding its official stand and the stand of most of its individual students on the pressing issue of the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill). While most of the important points mentioned by the speakers (including myself) were fairly written, I wish to point out some errors which I think somehow skew the meaning of the press conference.

In the very first paragraph of the article, it was mentioned: “A RELIGIOUS academic community affirmed its stand against the probable legislation of the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) citing that the controversial bill may incur danger to women’s health and short-term policy commitment.”

In another paragraph, it was reiterated: “The Catholic university with a strict compliance to the prelature of Opus Dei, also, launched a signature campaign against RH bill having about 1,000 signatures or 63% of the student population.”

I would like to make the correction that while the university subscribes to the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church and seeks the Spiritual Formation of Opus Dei, it is not a Catholic or a Religious University. First of all, the University of Asia and the Pacific is owned by UA&P Foundation Inc., which is a corporate undertaking of lay people and not of a particular religious order cialis. By law, therefore, it is deemed a “non-sectarian” institution.

It is a secular institution, which teaches not only Catholics but also Protestants and non-Christians alike. The secularity of the university is reinforced in the very position papers that UA&P as an institution and its students crafted. The core statements presented there were not theological in nature, but stems from an interdisciplinary collaboration of many fields such as Economics, Politics, Law, Philosophy, and Education.

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