I respect the CBCP but please for the love of God do not meddle in the affairs of the state. Let me tell you why.
The statement above summarizes the sentiment of Atty. Bruce Rivera on Facebook in response to the ‘insult to the EDSA spirit‘ statement of Bishop Villegas.
Previously, CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a strongly worded statement following the SC decision allowing the burial of former President Marcos at LNMB.
“We are very sad. The burial is an insult to the EDSA spirit. It mocks our fight to restore democracy.”
Going forward, Atty. Rivera gave 3 reasons why Bishop Villegas and CBCP should not meddle in government affairs:
First, allowing the burial in the LNMB does not in any way make Marcos a hero. Neither is Ninoy or Cory a martyr. Stop putting words in our mouths.
Second, the insult to the spirit of EDSA was not committed today. The insult to EDSA were two Aquino presidency that was not able to recover the hidden wealth, convict any of the Marcoses and made sure that FM does not get a shot at a burial in the LNMB. The Marcoses had already made it known it wants FM to be buried there. It was not a surprise. Legislation should have sealed the deal.
Third, since we are on the topic of justice, let me ask which is more important at this point? Justice or forgiveness? You tell us to forgive a drug pusher, a child molester, a plunderer but you also tell us that there is must be justice for the victims of Martial Law. What is justice for us then? Letting a dead man get his peace by being buried in a place which our laws allow him to be buried or by letting his preserved remains continue to haunt us, divide us and be the symbol of an era many wants to move on from. Marcos has long died. If there is judgment after we have passed as you taught us, should have Marcos been judged by God then? So by insisting on justice for a man that has long died, is the CBCP not sure if Marcos got the judgment in God’s eyes?
Atty. Rivera reiterated his appeal to the Church to stop meddling in government affairs, unless they want to put to a vote what religion we should be in.
I have respect for priest and the clergy. But when it comes to affairs of the state, leave it to where it should be, to those running the government. Unless you would want to put to a vote what religion we should be in.
Atty. Rivera ended the post with this statement for his readers to ponder…
I love God but it does not mean I am going to blindly love the Church.
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