- People of God, People of the Nation: Official Catholic Discourse on Nation and Nationalism
- Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
- Ateneo de Manila University
- Volume 62, Numbers 3-4, September-December 2014
- pp. 341-375
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Official collective statements of Catholic bishops construct and promote the imaginary of the Philippines as “Catholic nation.” This conflation of the body Catholic and the body politic has served as the church’s platform for defending its interests in education against perceived nationalist threats and for engaging social issues. This article traces the genealogy of this discourse and uncovers its distorted account of the Filipino nation’s emergence and its deductive pastoral logic. Given the inevitable link between “the religious” and “the secular,” the imaginary is challenged today by the call for greater inclusivity and the impact of digital connectivity on community, whether religious or national.