AS PART of the Vision 2011 of the University, Fr. Rector Tamerlane Lana, O.P. has established the Center of Contextualized Theology and Applied Ethics and named College of Commerce Regent and former UST Vice-Rector Vicente Cajilig, O.P. as its director.

The Center aims to establish a strong foundation for the development of Asian theology. This will check the sorry situation in which Europeans have been dominating theology, culture, and philosophy in Asia, said the center’s assistant director Pablito Baybado, Jr. The center also dovetails with UST’s vision to become the center of contextualized theology in Asia in time for its quadricentennial in 2011.

“Our theology must have a Filipino face, an Asian body and blood,” Baybado said. He added that the Center plans to promote the use of Filipino in the Holy Mass and liturgy.

As for the Applied Ethics, Balbado said the Center plans to come up with a curriculum to be integrated with Christian ethics.

“As Christians, we must apply spiritual ethics in our profession. We must also unify our faith with our life, because we are facing a moral crisis,” he said.

Currently, the Center is in the process of establishing collaboration and linkages with other research centers to help them in their needs.

The Center opened last July 1. It is located at the ground floor of the Thomas Aquinas Research Center. John Patrick D. Padilla

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