Lawyer to Ligayen Archbishop Soc Villegas: The humility of accepting a leader who is not your choice is the valued unity you should be preaching

ICYMI, Lingayen Archbishop Soc Villegas’ Holy Week message was basically to warned the public to be wary of “UNITY” based on money, power blah, blah saying that virtuous unity must be based on humility, apparently a swipe at the message of unity of the BBM-Sara tandem.

In that regard, Mayor Sara Duterte’s friend and San Beda College of Law classmate Atty. Bruce Rivera can’t help but comment on Archbishop Soc Villegas’ Holy Week message to the Catholics because according to him, the Ligayen-Archbishop’ assertion is flawed for three reasons.

Right off the bat, Atty. Bruce told Soc that unity is an act of State which is an Act of God. Remember the Vox Populi, vox dei saying? The voice of the people is the voice of God? The question is, when do you show unity?

According to Atty. Bruce, unity is manifested when Pinoys go to the polling centers to elect new sets of leaders to lead this nation. Likewise, unity is also manifested by the voters of the losing candidate respecting the result of the election. As a Catholic leader, Atty. Bruce said that the humility of accepting a leader you do not vote is the valued unity Archbishop Soc should be preaching. Ouch!

Next, Atty. Bruce rebuffed Archbishop Soc’s statement that unity based on political power, money etc is not true unity. This is not entirely true said Atty. Bruce. To achieve unity, you need political power and money. Hence, Archbishop Soc is endorsing someone because he wants power. He could have chosen to stay neutral and not endorse a candidate to avoid dividing his flock but he chose the opposite because he wants to be influential. Influence is power. But that depends if the people listens to him. Otherwise, he will lose his credibility and his flock because of his sinful pride. As the bible says, money is the root of all evil and yet he is endorsing a candidate because he needs money. To gain power, you spend money. Archbishop’s candidate spends money to win an election. This makes his candidate the very person he is alluding not to support.

You may now read Atty. Bruce’s original FB post below.

BAKIT MALI SI SOC

Hindi sana ako magagalit ng Biyernes Santo pero pag gumagalaw ang demonyo, kailangan mong sabihin na mali siya.

MALI KA, BISHOP!!!

Una, unity is an act of State which is an Act of God. Vox dei, vox populi. So when do you show unity?

It is during elections when the whole nation elect its leaders. And unity is manifested when the one chosen by the most number of Filipinos lead this nation. But unity is also manifested by the voters of the losing candidate RESPECTING the results of that election. The humility of accepting a leader who is not your choice is the valued unity you should be preaching. Clearly, that is when true unity is achieved when you respect the choice of the people even when you have another candidate in mind. Practice what you preach. Huwag parinig using the pulpit because it reeks of hypocrisy like the Pharisees who conspired to cause the death of Jesus.

Second, you need political power, money to achieve unity. The reason you are endorsing a candidate is you want power. You can stay neutral and not divide the already dwindling parishioners but you go out of your way to be on the good graces of politician? Why? Because you want to be influential. Influence is power. And you will only get influence if the people listen to you. And if they do not, you will lose the flock because of your own sinful pride. Your lust for power is sad and contemptuous. And money is the root of all evil but you need money. Everyone needs money. When you want power you spend money. Which makes whoever you are supporting the same person you are saying not to support.

Third, when you call someone a criminal or attribute a criminal act, what is the duty of every Catholic? To love even the enemy, to forgive those who have sinned against us and to do not do unto others what you do not do unto you.

God never required an apology from the person. All he said is forgive. That was the lesson from the two other criminals in the cross.

What did the crucifixion teach us? It taught us that not all criminals we crucify are criminals because we crucified the Son of God

So when we call someone a criminal or a sinner, we should condemn with Jesus in mind. So we act with justice. And if we can forgive child molesters and return them to the flock because the law never convicted the abuser, how can you convict with your words?

Jesus is relevant even today because he is the epitome of the persecution of good and his death is vindication against hate and evil. Practice what you preach.

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Source: Bruce V. Rivera

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