THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) – Pope Francis has had it with Filipino activist priest, Fr. Robert Reyes.
Reyes has been making headlines and footnotes since the Supreme Court voted 8-6 to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno from her post as Chief Justice.
The renegade priest has been leading protest rallies in front of the Supreme Court Building on Padre Faura Street, urging the Catholic faithful to go on a ten-day fast. He has also set up a gaily-decorated coffin, simulating a wake and a funeral for Democracy.
In the Excommunication letter sent to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Pope said that what Reyes has been doing is not only tantamout to sacrilege but is also an affront to the dignified and solemn nature of funerals.
“Henceforth,” the Pope said, “Mr. Reyes is banned from entering Catholic churches, presiding over the mass and other Catholic sacraments, or wearing the priestly robe when protesting in the streets of Manila. He also cannot use religious statues and sacred icons in his activities.”
Condolences are in order.