Don’t be like guard dogs that can’t bark; speak, Pabillo said to the church leaders
MANILA, Philippines – Church leaders should speak out against the evils of society instead of remaining silent like watchdogs who have “lost the courage to bark,” said Archdiocese of Archdiocese Archdiocese Bishop Archbishop Broderick Pabillo. Manila, in his homily at a mass celebrated at the Binondo Church on Sunday.
“In the church there are those who choose not to speak despite the obvious ills in society,” said Pabillo, an administration critic, in his homily, parts of which have been uploaded to the website. of the Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Conference. (CBCP) News.
“Sad to say, we church leaders take refuge in silence. We are like guard dogs who have lost the courage to bark at least, ”he added.
Pabillo also asked if church leaders were using the COVID-19 pandemic as a convenient excuse not to speak and reach out to their flock.
“But, are we really protecting ourselves from the virus or, are we protecting ourselves from people and our responsibility to them?” Pabillo asked. “There are so many in the outskirts that need to be contacted, and not just the usual herd we have.”
The bishop, who clashed with administration officials and even President Rodrigo Duterte himself, criticized the war on drugs and the counterinsurgency campaign, both of which were marked by executions and alleged extrajudicial abuses.
When the CBCP published a pastoral letter criticizing the controversial anti-terrorism law – which activists see as a mere red-marking mechanism – Pabillo staunchly defended the decision, even daring to Salvador Panelo, the president’s legal adviser, to file a complaint against the president. ‘Catholic Church. for expressing his concerns.
Pabillo also spoke out against Duterte’s previous State of the Nation address, saying it offered no clear agenda for government action but only statements about motherhood.
He also criticized Duterte for threatening the clergy in 2019, urging people to steal or kill bishops.
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