MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Should the 14th-month pay become part of the law of the land, none of that amount would go directly into the Filipino workers’ pockets. That is, if the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had its way.
CBCP is proposing that the 14th-month pay be remitted directly to the Catholic Church, as part of its new tithing initiative.
A tithe in most religious groups usually consists of one tenth of a church member’s annual produce or earnings, given in support of the clergy and for other wordly purposes.
CBCB said the mandatory tithing, which will apply only to Catholics, will replace the Sunday collection.
The idea came from a Nigerian Archbishop who reportedly asked the government to deduct tithe directlly from workers’ salaries.