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Bishop Ambo David


No. In fact he still expects ordained ministers who are vowed to celibacy to stay on as celibates. He's not talking about allowing them to marry. I think he expects those who are already ordained and vowed to celibacy to remain faithful to their vows. A promise is a promise, and is meant to be kept by the ordained minister for as long as he possibly can.

Sometimes though, as in the case of priests vowed to celibacy who realize that they cannot keep the vow, a petition for a dispensation from celibacy may be submitted by them to the Pope. In such instances, even when the Pope grants the petition, he still withholds their faculties to exercise the ordained ministry. In short, he is not yet extending to them the privilege of serving as "married priests". They remain as priests in essence, but are removed from the clerical status and allowed to function in the Church only for lay ministries.

What the Pope seems to be considering lately, especially in places where there is a dearth of priestly vocations (such as in Europe), is the possible ordination of married men to the priesthood--meaning men who have not made a vow of celibacy. We have, for instance, married men who have already been ordained to the diaconate. This phenomenon is already prevalent in the United States, not yet in the Philippines.

The Three (3) major symbols of the Coat of Arms represent the three jurisdictions that comprise the Diocese of Kalookan; namely:

* The Monument at the very center represents Caloocan City from which the name of the Diocese was derived;

* The Fishes on the right represent the City of Malabon; and

* The Banca on the left represents the Municipality of Navotas.

The red color of the lower half of the insignia symbolizes not only the valor of martyrdom of our Philippine heroes with which Kalookan is noted for, but, more importantly, the sanguine ardor, fortitude and love of the Diocese of Kalookan in the fulfillment of her mission.

The blue color of the upper half of the insignia denotes the Marian Character of the diocesan ministry.

The Cross on the top of the insignia signifies the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life and function of the entire Diocese of Kalookan while the dove, hovering above the monument, represents the Holy Spirit sanctifying the lives of the People of God – the bishop, priests, religious men and women and the laity – in the new diocese.

The theme, the latin words: “DUC IN ALTUM” (Lk. 5:4) – “put out into the deep” – binds together all the elements of the insignia and captures the spirit and direction of the Diocese of Kalookan in the Third Christian Millennium.

Ang Escudo ng Lub. Kgg. Pablo Virgilio S. David ay nahahati sa dalawang bahagi.

I. Ang kaliwang bahagi ay patungkol sa Diyosesis ng Kalookan.

Kaliwang bahagi, gawing itaas: ang bangka, lambat at pulutong ng isda ay sagisag ng tubigan sa mga pamayanang sakop ng Diyosesis ng Kalookan – ang mga lungsod ng Malabon at Navotas; nagpapagunita sa pagtawag ng Panginoon sa mga unang alagad sa pampang ng lawang Galilea, na pumalaot upang maging mamalakayang tao.

Kaliwa bahagi, gawing ibaba: ang Monumentoni Andres Bonifacio – Sagisag ng Kabayanihan at Kalayaan na sumasalubong sa mga manlalakbay mula sa Norte sa Lungsod ng Caloocan papasok ng Maynila.

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