Journalist counsels Bishops: Consult your priests…to avoid misreading faithful’s approving silence for fear

On Sunday after mass, a pastoral letter from CBCP rallying the Catholic faithful against Duterte’s war on drugs was read, eliciting mixed reactions from churchgoers.

Here’s the intro of the controversial pastoral letter that angered some Catholics who attended yesterday’s Sunday mass:

Beloved People of God

We, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs. This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does not lie in the killing of suspected drug users and pushers. We are concerned not only for those who have been killed. The situation of the families of those killed is also cause for concern. Their lives have only become worse. An Additional cause of concern is the reign of terror in many places of the poor. Many are killed not because of drugs. Those who kill them are not brought to account. An even greater cause of concern is the indifference of many to this kind of wrong. It is considered as normal, and, even worse, something that (according to them) needs to be done. Click the link here for the full text from GMA News.

Facebook user Cherry Sarmiento Vallega took to Facebook describing how the churchgoers reaction when the pastoral letter was read.

“I almost went out of church while attending the mass yesterday, Sunday, because of the pastoral letter read by the priest but there were families and groups who really went out in the middle of the mass celebration. Personally, I go to mass almost everyday to pray and thank the lord for all the blessings i received from God.  I do not want to hear any political opinion from the priests. They must stick to the propagation of the word of god, that’s what i expect from them.  I wonder why they are so concerned for the death of drug pushers and users and are silent about the heinous crimes these lunatics committed to their innocent victims. Is it right for us to think that catholic church is benefitting from drug proliferation all over our country because drug lords are generous in their church donations to amend their sins?”

Another Facebook user named Joel Vasquez joined the dissenting voice and condemned the reading of the pastoral letter and wrote:

“Poverty” is caused by corruption that has existed and prevailed for many many many years. You kept silent and do not see the poverty around you and do not share you billions to create rehab. Now blame PDu30.

CBCP, you are out of touch of reality.  Why NOT convince the corrupt and druglords/zombies to STOP selling instead of blaming PDu30.

A well meaning journalist couldn’t help but provide an unsolicited advice to the Bishops to avoid misreading faithful’s approving silence for fear.

ADVICE TO THE BISHOPS: Consult your priests in the parishes. That way, you will not mistake the faithful’s approving silence for fear.

Most Catholics are law-abiding citizens who are cheering the campaign against drugs. Their silence should not ever be construed as the fearful acceptance of the “evil” that only the bishops can see.

I think it is the bishops who are truly afraid. And what they fear is the irrelevance of being no longer as powerful and influential as they would like to believe.

Your opinion, please?

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  1. Ronaldo Azucena February 6, 2017

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