• Anatoly Angelo R. Aseneta Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Keywords: Authority in the Church, Ministerial Ethics, Power in the Church, Social Ethics, Virtues


This essay seeks to investigate the involvement of the Church’s ministers in socio-political issues. In particular, it seeks to answer two questions: why must ordained ministers speak about socio-political issues? And how should they engage in socio-political issues? In the course of answering these questions, I argue that because of their special share in the prophetic mission of Christ, ordained ministers cannot remain indifferent towards socio-political issues. At the same time, because of their power to define reality and their being “symbolic representatives of the holy” and “officers of the Church,” they must engage these issues responsibly. Three virtues were proposed as helpful for this task: courage, humility, and prudence.

Author Biography

Anatoly Angelo R. Aseneta, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Anatoly Angelo R. Aseneta is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Department of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. He obtained his PhD in Theology from the Ateneo in 2019. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Major in European Studies. His research interests include social ethics, sexual ethics, the consistent ethic of life, and Laudato Si’.


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How to Cite
Aseneta, A. A. R. (2021). TOWARDS A RESPONSIBLE ENGAGEMENT OF ORDAINED MINISTERS IN SOCIO-POLITICAL ISSUES. Asian Horizons, 15(1), 156-173. Retrieved from