If being blessed by the Catholic Church is determined by numbers, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has got it.
With reliable supporters in the Church hierarchy, Arroyo has had an easier time than her two predecessors when it comes to church-state relations.
It could be that she is a woman and a devout Catholic, like former President Aquino, that bishops tend to be kinder, or more tolerant of her.
Previous presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada clashed with the Catholic Church, specifically Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. From population control programs to Charter change to moral issues, the bishops used the pulpits in criticizing Ramos and Estrada.
But when it came to Arroyo, the sermons were rather muted.