Catholic Church not afraid of President Duterte – CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Catholic Church not afraid of President Duterte – CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2017 06:28 PM

MANILA – Besieged by criticisms from President Rodrigo Duterte, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas asserted Monday that clergymen are not afraid of the sharp-tongued leader.

“We are only afraid of sin, we are not even afraid of God because I know God loves me so much, I have no reason to be afraid of Him,” Villegas said during a forum with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“The Church is only afraid of sin because sin separates us from God. All the others are manageable.”

Villegas, however, clarified that he is not picking a fight with the President nor implying that they are equals.

“There is only one that makes us afraid and that is sin. All the others, if God is with us, no one, nothing can ever be against us.”

Duterte has insulted Catholic Church leaders who have opposed his bloody war on drugs, his backing of the Reproductive Health Law, and his move to revive the death penalty.

The President has also dubbed the Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution,” and alleged that he was once molested by a Jesuit priest.

MORAL ASCENDANCY

Addressing these tirades, Villegas said that though the Church has always been marred by the sinfulness of its members, the 2,000 year-old institution derives its holiness from Christ, not its leaders.

Clergymen, Villegas said, are open to receiving criticism so long as these are coupled with a “challenge to be better.”

“Kapag sinabi mo sa katabi mo na hindi maganda ang damit, pero ang resulta nun ay na-discourage na, nawala na ang self-esteem, hindi maganda iyun. Pero ‘pag sinabi mo sa katabi mong ito ang suggestion ko para gumanda ang appeal mo, you give that person hope,” he said.

“Iyun ang pakiusap ko, na sana, kung magko-correct tayo, bibigyan natin ang bawat isa ng pag-asa — hindi iyung sugatan na, marumi na, sisipain pa natin.”

The Church is also willing to cooperate with the government and hopes the administration could acknowledge the “little good things we have contributed to the country as we also recognize the many good things they have done,” Villegas said.

Read the source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/13/17/catholic-church-not-afraid-of-duterte-cbcp-head

Malacañang, allies outburst vs pastoral letter stuns CBCP chief

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president (Photo: CBCPNews)

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANILA, Feb. 15, 2017— A Catholic Church official admitted the adverse reaction from Malacañang and its allies against the bishops’ recent pastoral letter on drug-related deaths was something they didn’t expect.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said the letter was issued to serve as their “contribution to a perceived social problem” and “was not intended to bring down” the Duterte administration.

“Unfortunately, it was taken in that context. It was taken negatively,” Villegas said on Feb. 13 at a forum organized by broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“I was hoping for a position that would say ‘let’s dialogue’ because in this day and age, there is nothing that we cannot do if we dialogue and work together. So I was hoping for that,” he said.

Malacañang has criticized the bishops after Church leaders deplored the government’s war on drugs for supposedly creating a “reign of terror” among the poor.

The pastoral statement also aired the bishops’ concern over the rising number of drug-related killings.

According to them, they are one with the people who want change but it “must be guided by truth and justice”.

Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Ernesto Abella, however, said the bishops are “out of touch” with the reality and the sentiments of the people.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez even described the bishops as “a bunch of shameless hypocrites” who have “no moral ascendancy to judge what is right and wrong”.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa also scored the CBCP statement and went further by saying he can “talk to God” without the bishops.

The prelate noted that the CBCP statement did not make any reference to Malacañang because they wanted to take the killings as a moral issue.

“The letter is addressed ‘to the people of God’. So even if the government does not act on it, we are hoping that other members of the people of God would act on it positively,” he added.

“And then maybe the government, being a listening government, would listen to the direction the people has taken and join the other sectors of society,” he also said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

Read the source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=91631

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