THE rector of San Sebastian Parish under the Diocese of Bacolod apologized to those offended by the anti-death penalty banner mounted at the entrance of the Cathedral in Bacolod City Friday, February.
The message states: “Death Penalty? No, no, no sa Berdugo! Yes, yes, yes sa kay Kristo.” (No to the executioner, yes to Christ).
The move of the church earned violent reactions from some netizens who saw the pictures of the banner posted in SunStar Bacolod’s Facebook account.
Social media users said they don’t feel like going to church anymore because the homily is more about politics, and not about the gospel of God.
In response, Fr. Felix Pasquin said: “If the sensibilities of some are offended, then we are sorry. As shepherds, we don't want anyone to be away from the church. The church as mother loves them. We don't want (them) to be away from the church.”
He stressed that their “work is not politics,” adding that “we go back to the mission entrusted by the Lord Jesus Christ. It's the salvation of the whole man, body and soul.”
And by salvation, he said it includes all levels of the society, cultural, economic, and political.
Pasquin explained it doesn’t mean partisan politics, like siding with a particular political party, adding that the “church has no proper mission in politics.”
He added that the church’s mission is religious, which is to bring man and society to the final end – God.
“The church has to correct whatever it is in society that hinders reaching our final goal. Let's pray for the day when all of us are in loving communion with one another,” he added.
Moreover, Pasquin said they will continue to pray in solidarity.
“We entrust the whole issue in the hands of God. Our advocacy for life is intended to glorify and honor God who is the author of life.”
He reiterated that politics or similar considerations are not their motivation.
“With God's grace, we wish to remain faithful to our mission of teaching what Jesus taught (us),” he added.