Children

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation It was the Preda hotline for reporting sexual abuse that saved the four children from sexual and physical abuse. The message came in from an anonymous reporter saying that Geraldine, 13 years old, was being sexually abused by her grandfather. The Preda Foundation social worker contacted her counterpart in the local government and she, trained by Preda, knew exactly Read More …

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Sarah-Ann, 14 years old, walked with two police officers and two Preda Foundation social workers through the town in Pampanga to the traffic stand where the mini-buses line up to get passengers. She is a determined, courageous young girl and she is out to get justice for the rape that she endured several times from her abuser Rodolfo Read More …

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation If you are able to visit the child detention centers in Metro Manila and other places in the Philippines, you will see the gaunt young faces of bored, frightened, malnourished 10- to 16-year old boys and girls looking out sadly depressed through steel bars. They are prisoners. It is the local government’s only response and they ignore the Read More …

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen It’s now the law in Belgium, that terminally sick children of any age can be officially killed when they are suffering from incurable diseases and repeatedly request to be killed. But opponents say that it’s a license to kill and a way for some unloving parents to get rid of an embarrassing and bothersome, sick, impaired, disabled children if they Read More …

TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17:  Jason Zielinski shows a customer a selection of AR-15 style rifles being offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns of guns in 2012. Gun sales have surged recently with people buy guns for personal protection following the mass shooting in Connecticut and gun enthusiasts buying guns because they fear a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. About 47 percent of Americans own guns.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Four reminders about just how entrenched guns are in American society. BY ELIAS GROLL ForeignPolicy.com Though the issue has been largely on the political backburner for the last four years, last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has already prompted a new push for gun control laws by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. The president suggested in his speech in Newtown on Sunday that he Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel E. Rodis If the Mayan Doomsday calendar prediction is right, then this will be my final column. It’s been a pleasure writing for you. Of course, if it turns out to be a 1600 year old hoax, then Merry Christmas to all. I wish I could write about something cheerful and positive, but mightily as I tried, the nightmarish image of Read More …

By Fr. Shay Cullen (His columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line) As I walked the last few meters with a medical team organized by the Preda Fair Trade Development Foundation to the hillside village, high in the Zambales Mountains, I was not greeted with the usual rush of excited smiling children curious at the Read More …

Fr. Shay Cullen (His columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line) It’s back to the dark ages for the hysterical tabloid press in Metro Manila where the bellowing newscasters and commentators are condemning street children and children in conflict with the law as criminals. The most strident commentators call for the children to be charged Read More …