After reading Anne Harris’s essay “The Theology of Struggle: Recognizing Its Place in Recent Philippine History” [link will download], Matt and Dean talk about Christian participation in the Communist Party of the Philippines, and then spend the rest of the episode revisiting questions of violence.
- Christians actually being communists for real.
- Acronyms. Good acronyms.
- Mutual transformations happen when Christians and communists get together.
- Violence–we’re at it again.
- Maybe we could talk about “strategy” instead of “nonviolence” and “violence.”
- How does the church play a mediating role between armed struggles and civil society?
- Pope Francis’s materialist understanding of violence.
- We’re gonna talk to Derek Ford again and we couldn’t resist talking about Herbert McCabe a little early.
- “The New Democratic Revolution Through Protracted People’s War” by Jose Maria Sison (also the intro audio to the episode)
- “Communist-Led Group Pays Tribute To Late Catholic Bishop” (2016)
- “Philippine Catholic, Protestant Bishops Call For Negotiations with Communist Rebels” (UCA News)
- “Why the Philippines Can’t Crush Its Deadly Communist Movement — Even 50 Years Later” (2017, Forbes – lol)
- “Catholic Church a Battleground Between Philippine Right, Left” (1987, LA Times)
- “Evangelii Gaudium,” by Pope Francis
- “Beyond Violence and Nonviolence,” by Ben Case