Here are excerpts from the speech of Most Rev. Benjamin Almoneda, emeritus Bishop of Daet in the Philippines:
The Filipino people are very simple people. They live on 7,000 islands. (The number given the last time they counted them.) The country was discovered in 1571 by the missionaries. The Filipinos were Christianized. What is significant about this fact is that the children who had listened to the missionaries brought the news of the Faith to their parents.
We are a Catholic country. One-half of the Christians in Asia are Filipinos, and two-thirds of the people of the world are Asians. So you see what a responsibility the Filipino Christians have.
Now, I want to tell you what my companions and I have discovered this week and the years that we have come here. In the 15 years that I have known Social Credit, I have discovered a treasure, as we call Social Credit a treasure. But during this week, I appreciated this treasure even more. As Miss Tardif said many times, this week has been a great light.
What I learned during this week is that the important thing to do now is education, to educate. They say that the mark of an educated person is someone who is able to communicate with anyone, the highest person to the lowest person. By all he can be understood. And I think that we need people like that: educated to be able to communicate with everybody. Unfortunately, the ones who are dominating this education are the mass media. It is the Church that should be the educators.
They talk about me as being Bishop emeritus of Daet. Emeritus means retired. To understand this means you have to do something else after. And that is what I will continue to do even more: to share the ideals of Social Credit.
Providentially, just a few days after I was declared emeritus, I had visitors from the head of the missionary seminaries of the dioceses which are to be sent out of the country. And I was asked to be their spiritual director. This is an international group of 25 seminarians and theologians. And I would like to instill into them the ideas of the Social Credit philosophy.
We say that the Filipinos are admired all over the world; anywhere all over the world you will find Filipinos. They go all over to get a better future for their families. They go all over the world. There are even Filipinos in Alaska. Now look at this: our government, even the wife of our dictator Marcos, was the one who coined the words, that the Filipino domestics who are working in the other parts of the world bring to the Philippines billions of pesos. And they always say these are the heroes, the new heroes. But in reality, they are not heroes but martyrs! They are martyrs of the situation, of the New World Order. When I was in Europe in 1960 I had not seen any Filipinos except those who were working in the embassy. But now they are obliged to go out of the Philippines because of their families. And so the families are being destroyed.
Most Rev. Benjamin Almoneda
"The Social Credit doctrine is really a means of salvation for our country"
Here are excerpts from the speech of Bishop Nestor Ngoy from the Congo at our Congress:
The document of "The Money Myth Exploded" is a discovery that opens our eyes... What is most striking in the House of the Immaculate is the climate of fraternity. It is very profound to see the simplicity of the relationship between the people who come from the four corners of the world and who do not know each other at all but who find themselves like brothers and sisters without any form of protocol. Good humor is on each face.
When we had the synod for the families in Rome for the churches of Madagascar and all of Africa, we the bishops concluded as definition of the Church: the family of God. This is the definition that we have given to the Church during the Synod for Africa. Here, we truly live the experience of a family of God. So it is the Church that is present here in all of its dimensions.
Another aspect that really amazed me here was the prayer. Prayer is really put in the heart of all the activities. The entire day is punctuated by prayer. Action is nourished by prayer continuously.
We live, in the nations of the Third World, and especially in our country of the Congo, situations of financial scandal… Our territory was described by the first European explorers who arrived there as a geological scandal, because it is a country that is scandalously rich in its earth, its climate, vegetation and even more underground.
And this is why our country, during the time of colonialism, and now even more with neo-colonialism, has become the prey of all the great powers of the world who rush like vultures to the carcass on which they want to feed, for the local population can indeed be compared to carcasses, since they do not benefit from any of the riches of the country. It is for this reason that when faced with the exploitation of High Finance, with the big enterprises that are installed in our country to exploit it, the population is left poorer than it was before. I believe that the Social Credit doctrine is really a means of salvation for our country.
Bishop Nestor Ngoy
"Social Credit is a solution for my country"
Here are excerpts from the speech of Fr. Albert Kaumba-Mutwata at our Congress:
My dream has come true. My Bishop (Most Rev. Nestor Ngoy) knows that for a long time, even as a priest, that I have often been preoccupied with solving the problem of injustice in my country. I went once on a pilgrimage to Poland to the sanctuary of Divine Mercy of Sister Faustina. I think that this really touched me; I really loved my stay in Poland.
The situations of injustice that we live in my country, upset, touch, and revolt me. I thought before that we could even fight with arms, and I thought then that even as a priest I would be ready to carry arms. But afterwards I sensed that the Lord wants us to work with our hearts, with mercy, and with the Gospel.
When I read the books on Social Credit, I knew that they were truly based on the Social Doctrine of the Church, and I saw that it was a solution for my country. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the banks do not function well. Our country is almost sold to the bankers.
In our country of the Congo even the banks do not function. Many people keep their money in their homes. And even if they keep it in their homes, because the international financiers are crafty, they devalue our money all the time and we lose our purchasing power. We do have goods in stores, but the population dies of hunger even if the food is right next to them.
As my Bishop has said, Social Credit can be a solution for our country. I said to myself, there could be a voice better than mine to make this solution known in my country. I knew that if it was I who spoke of Social Credit in my country, my voice would not be very strong.
It is for this reason that I asked you to invite my Bishop. I know that when he speaks about Social Credit we will have a good voice in Congo. So I wish to thank you. I know that in the Church we need a certain authorization, we need to be mandated. I needed my Bishop to tell me: "Yes, you can go visit the Pilgrims. You may learn more about Social Credit. Once he gives me permission and tells me:'You can go there', then I can forge ahead at one hundred miles an hour or even more!
Something that is killing the Church now, and is taking place among the clergy and laity alike, but especially the priests, is the great disobedience. We have to practice obedience. When the hierarchy speaks and we listen, then we are able to help the Church and the community well. As I have said I needed the voice of my Bishop and now that I have it, we can work together in a very efficient way.