MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Since the first EDSA People Power, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have always been supportive and at the forefront of protest rallies against the government. But alas, the robed church hierarchy is frowning at this year’s commemoration of EDSA I on February 25.
Protest organizers have called on the people to stage a mass walkout this Sunday.
That means that Catholics will be walking out of Sunday masses at churches nationwide.
So expect churches to be ghost towns this Sunday.
It will be a big loss of revenue for the Catholic Church because of empty Sunday collection baskets.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is holding an emergency meeting today to come up with a strategy to discourage people from participating in the EDSA rally and instead fulfill their obligation by attending mass and contributing to the Sunday collection.
For starters, the CBCP has banned all nuns, priests and seminarians from participating in the EDSA rally.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Some Filipinos are getting tired of loving their country, which they claim has fallen into a disturbing moral decay.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed this sentiment in an open letter on Saturday to Sen. Leila de Lima, who in several days will mark her first year in detention on drug charges.
“There are some of us who are beginning to feel a fatigue for loving our country,” the former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.
The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Villegas as he was about to board his limousine on his way to his hometown in Pangasinan, and we asked him what he meant by “some Filipinos.”
”Well, precisely, I said ‘some’ because this does not apply to majority of Filipinos. I was referring to a minority group of Pinoys — specifically the Dilawan (yellows) who seem to have nothing positive left to say about their government and country,” he said.
”If they have nothing good to say, they should just shut up and go into hibernation. That’s the Catholic way. Even Jesus had good things to say about sinners, criminals and the Pharisees,” Villegas added.
CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Many Filipinos skipped their Valentine’s celebration in favor of their Catholic tradition relating to Ash Wednesday. They trooped to their parish churches to be blessed with ash on their foreheads.
But alas, some parishioners of the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City got the shock of their lives. Little did they know that they were getting tattoos instead.
According to reports, when said parishioners tried to wipe off the ash from their foreheads because they felt some burning sensation, off came their skin as well.
Ah, the sacrifices one has to make as a devout Catholic. A cross tattoo.