Holy SUVs - a good scapegoat?-A A +A
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
LEFT and right, people are being used to discredit the conscience of the country regarding laws that are requested by the first world to be passed in our country to save them from destruction and annihilation by famine and food insufficiency.
All forms of issues are hurled against the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Before the issue of bishops accepting gambling money from PCSO and PAGCOR, a few priests who are vocal about the RH and Divorce bills were silenced, lest their hidden linens will be publicized.
The administration was really successful in their ploy to silence most of the priests in the country. Now, they are attacking the bishops and, soon, the pastors for tax evasion and protection.
Our country is a country standing on a bed of lies. Everything in this country is founded on fraud and lies. Take a good look at our history. It is based on a fraudulent revolution. I am ashamed of telling future generations that our ancestors won the revolution in Negros through a fraudulent battle. What will future generations see of this story where false cannons and even false bolos were used by our forefathers? It simply means that we are a history of false victory.
Today, some bishops are accused of receiving gifts from PCSO and PAGCOR. They are exposed and the nation is made to believe that the bishops are feasting on money taken from legal gambling.
It is a blackmail to silence the solemn body of bishops in the country. Now, it is a ploy to demoralize the bishops – a successful ploy, indeed.
However, knowing the minds of our bishops, they will never accept defeat but they will even expose more truths that, in the end, those with evil motives will surely retreat.
Every Catholic, not only the bishops and the clergy, has the obligation to preach the truth, serve the community and make others holy. We have to insist even in times where we will have enemies or even to the point of being persecuted. As long as we live in the truth, there will be nothing to fear.
The bishops will get nothing in telling a lie but I believe that people in government will get a lot in their pockets when they open their mouths and start telling lies. I hope you agree. As my Department Head, Mr. Ding Flores, used to say, “What good can we get if we tell lies? Is there a need? But, for those who are hiding something, lying is the only way they could save their faces. So, who is telling the truth then?”
There is a tall order for each of us to rally behind our bishops and clergy. They are telling us the difference between good and evil while government is telling us that evil could be good and good could be evil. Which shall we support? We already know that the government has been lying to us ever since.
The little service that is asked of us is to serve the poor. We can never say that we are so poor that we have nothing to share and cannot claim that we are so rich that we need nothing.
The bishops who were given the “hot cars” might have needed the cars more to serve the faithful entrusted to them in the diocese. Looking at the other side of things, it is better that the SUV be used to propagate the faith than to have it in the pockets of filthy and greedy politicians.
Making people holy is our obligation too. We have to bring them closer to God through His ministers. The administration putting the Church in bad light is not doing its social and religious obligation.
The Church has the obligation to bring out the reality to the people so that the people will really know the people running the state affairs. Church people will always stand by the truth and that which is ethical.
With this in mind, the church brings man closer to God and God closer to humanity. This is the obligation and the duty. Government has to help the church in the exposition of the truth and not hide it by hurling other things to the hierarchy.
What I cannot understand is that the Senate and the administration is asking for the explanation of the “Holy SUV’s”. Are there no other better things to discuss? Is this a ploy to destabilize the Church? Or is this like how the Americans deal with their moral issues - they immediately accused priests of sex scandals to silence them?
Lumang tugtugin na yan, Noy. Have new strategies naman!
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Congratulations to the organizers of the Freshmen Assembly night of UNO-R for a successful event last Friday. Congratulations to Fr.Cornelio Moaral, OAR and Sir Lino Sumbillo. Onward, UNO-R!
Belated birthday greetings also to my former student, Ms.Beverly Chua.
St. Ezekiel Moreno, Blessed John Paul II and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 12, 2011.