Atty. Rivera’s open letter to Cardinal Tagle: You preach forgiveness but your brethren could not muster to forgive a dead sinner?

You preach forgiveness but your brethren could not muster to forgive a dead sinner?

This is the general sentiment of the “open letter” published by Atty. Bruce Rivera addressed to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Atty. Bruce Rivera opened the “open letter” by asking Cardinal Tagle to talk to Bishop Villegas whose pronouncement on the media contradicts directly to the former’s statement lately.

Out of respect for your position, I will not open with invectives but can you please at least talk to Archbishop Socrates Villegas because it seems you are giving us mixed signals. Last time, Villegas told us that it is immoral to bury Marcos because there has to be justice for the victims of Martial Law. In essence, he told the believers not to forgive a dead sinner and insisted that earthly justice be served before we forgive.

While speaking atĀ Advent recollection in Cubao, Quezon City, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle told the public to help those who have sinned, instead of “eliminating” them.

Now, you are telling us to aid sinners. Yes, it is easy to aid addicts. Most are victims of circumstance. But you are also asking us to aid drug lords, drug protectors and even public officers who gained from drug money and elected officials who got elected using drug money.

Atty. Rivera asked Cardinal Tagle to expound on his statement on forgiving sinners and at the same time reminded him about Bishop Villegas whose views clashes with the Cardinal.

How about their victims, Cardinal? Do we not insist on earthly justice instead? I understand lawyers who defend them because they have the right to counsel but when you call on ordinary believers to aid them, you telling us to be forgiving even helpful. You preach forgiveness but your brethren could not muster to forgive a dead sinner?

Atty. Rivera ended his post by offering a prayer for the Cardinal in the midst of the dissension among his ranks.

Let me just offer my prayers to you, Cardinal. I think you need it. Many of those you outrank seem to be disobeying your call for forgiveness.

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