CBCP rejects Duterte

A pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued last Sunday, even without mentioning the candidate’s name, exhorted the faithful not to vote for presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“The desire for change is understandable. Our people have suffered from incompetence and indifference,” said the letter signed by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. “But this cannot take the form of supporting a candidate whose speech and actions, whose plans and projects show scant regard for the rights of all, [and] who has openly declared indifference if not dislike and disregard for the Church, especially her moral teachings.”

The letter, was the strongest condemnation yet of Duterte, who has been linked to the extrajudicial killings of criminal suspects.

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In its pastoral letter, CBCP called on the electorates to “discern (their) choices” of candidates for the elections on Monday.

In its pastoral letter titled “Prophets of Truth, Servants of Unity,” CBCP Archbichop Villegas said  “We encourage you to pray the rosary every day and receive Holy Communion starting May 1 until May 9. In this novena of rosaries and Masses, we claim from the Lord the gift of a godly electoral process. With the permission of the bishops, the Blessed Sacrament may be exposed for public adoration to beg the Lord for the gift of peaceful elections.”

According to him, the Catholic Church has never asked any political candidate to seek its endorsement.

“But the Catholic Church has always demanded of Catholic voters that they cast their votes as an act not only of citizenship but also as a public declaration of faith.  We ask this most earnestly of all of you, Catholic brothers and sisters, in the forthcoming election,” Villegas said.

The CBCP president , in his pastoral letter, gave the bishops of the various dioceses the option on how to disseminate the message regarding the way to choose the right leaders in the coming election.

For his part, Bishop Leonardo Medroso of the Diocese of Tagbilaran told The Chroniclethat it is “enough to guide the electorates on the basic principles governing the leaders whom we want to elect. The bishop urged the voters to evaluate the candidates on their “morality, integrity and their qualities to be leaders of this nation.”

The electorates are “not like children, but are  matured people” who knows how to elect their leaders, Bishop Medroso said.

Msgr. Abet Uy, vicar general of the Diocese of Talibon told The Chronicle that the gist of the pastoral letter will be reechoed by the clergy as the CBCP pastoral letter “speaks for itself.”

The CBCP pastoral letter also asked for the people to bend their knees in fervent prayer.

The parishioners are asked to say their novena of rosaries and Masses as they would “claim from the Lord the gift of a godly electoral process.”

“With the permission of the bishops, the Blessed Sacrament may be exposed for public adoration to beg the Lord for the gift of peaceful  elections.”

“He told the candidates: “Pray! Pray not only to win but pray that the Lord may show by His signs His chosen leader for this nation, this nation who calls on Him at the crossroads of its national life.”

Meanwhile,  a detailed report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer revealed that  several religious congregations all over the country have sought divine intervention as they turned to prayer and fasting in the run-up to the national and local elections as contained in yesterday’s PDI banner story “Nuns all over PH pray for divine intervention.



2 thoughts on “CBCP rejects Duterte

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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    If the candidate whom the CBCP told voters not to vote wins then what does it mean?
    Are the people lost faith? Or simply God just didn’t listen at all? People have also their own basis and principle whom to vote according to what they believe would help
    improve their lives. The clergy has no monopoly of good thinking.

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  • May 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Iginagalang ko parin ang catholic church pero ang mga pri nila ay mga walang galang dahil kong maka husga ng kapwa ay wagas.. Sa pagka panalo ni Mr. Duterte ay sampal sa inyong mga pari at obispo na tahasan ningyong reject ang isang taong gustong tumulong sa bayan.. Sanapo sa susunod na pagkakataon ay tingnan niyo muna ang inyong bakuran….sa paglilinis po ay hinde maiwasan ang madumihan ang ating kamay kapag naglilinis lalo pa pag ang dumi ay talamak na at dikit… na kailangan gamitan ng malakas na cleaning agent dapat nga po kayo ang humikayat sa mga faithfull na dapat magbago na at matutong sumunod sa batas at umiwas sa mga gawaing masama or huwag ng pasaway…gumawa ng tama at matuwid ang mga gawaing mabuti ay para sa diyos at ang gawaing masama ay sa DIABLO…kong kayong mga pari at ubispo ay walang kasalanan at banal kayo ay meron kayong karapatang sampalin at tangihan ang mga taong masama…salamat po sa inyo..

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