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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

“Dignitatis Humanae” Invoked By Bro Doncillo To QUASH Balbas' Hijab Ban

Bakit Pumipirma Ang Mga Tao

Sr. Maria Nina Balbas
Pillar College
Justice Roseller T. Lim Blvd.,
Zamboanga City 7000,
Zamboanga Peninsula

Dear Reverend Sister;
Pax te Cum!
I am Bro. David Gamay Doncillo BSN, Member-at-Large, and Asian Representative of the International Council of Nurses- Student Network. I am also a seminarian of the Diocese of Cubao under the formation of the Jesuits here at San Jose Major Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

The news from your province had reached me about the issue of wearing hijab of some Muslim (girls) of the college of nursing. Yes we are being formed in our doctrines and dogmas of the Catholic Church. In humility I would like to remind you my Dear Reverend Sister about the encyclical on Declaration on the Religious Freedom “Dignitatis Humanae” on the right of the person to Social and Civil freedom in matter of religious, which was promulgated by his Holiness the Late Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965.

This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.

The council further declares that the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person as this dignity is known through the revealed word of God and by reason itself.(2) This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed and thus it is to become a civil right.

In the encyclical it is clearly stated that we are taught to respect the different religion of the different people; as well as their culture, tradition and rituals. Even the Constitution on Human rights we are entitled for freedom of religion. Prohibition of wearing hijab denied our Muslim sisters to exercise their faith.
Thank you for making time to read this letter. With all my prayers.

Your Brother in Christ,
International Council of Nurses- Student Network
09472090420 / 09154239902
Seminarian, Diocese of Cubao
San Jose Seminary
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Hgts., Quezon City
(+632) 426-6091; (+632) 426-6597