FR. MANUEL PIÑON, O.P.
February 1924 – 29 August 1997
Requiescat In Pace
of the second death anniversary of Rev. Fr. Manuel Piñon
this coming August 29, we present here a short article
about his life and his chief works.
FR. MANUEL PIÑON, OP was born in Sulu, Philippines, on February
2, 1924, the feast of the Purification of Our Lady.
entered the Dominican Order on July 1, 1939 and pursued his
studies of Philosophy and Theology at the “Studium Generale”
of St. Albert Priory in Hongkong. He obtained his Doctorate
in Philosophy at the “Angelicum” in Rome (where he also
was a professor in the Lateran University). He became
the dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical University
of St. Thomas Aquinas, a university run by the Dominicans,
in Manila, Philippines.
He authored many books and was known for his works about Philosophy
and Theology such as:
-Being and Reality -Psychological Freedom
-Predestination and Salvation
-Religion and Religions
He also published small brochures, among which are the following:
-The Phantom of Martin Luther Speaks (on the New Mass)
-A Sledgehammer in the Catholic Church (also on the New
Father Piñon saw the disaster brought by the New Mass and
in the 1980’s, he started celebrating again the Traditional
Mass. He celebrated the Tridentine Mass publicly every Sunday
at the Sto. Domingo Convent in Quezon City. The assistance
at this Mass did not cease growing and was attended all in
all by about a thousand faithful.
Unfortunately, Cardinal Sin intervened and suppressed this
Mass. However, this did not shake the convictions of Fr. Piñon
who publicly supported the Society of Saint Pius X when it
was established here in the Philippines in 1992. From then
on, he instructed every faithful he had known to go to the
Masses celebrated by the priests of the Society with whom
he was in close relation.
a long struggle, he died of cancer and met his Creator on
August 29, 1997.
aeternam dona ei, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in Pace.