MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the Court of Appeals that found activist and tour guide Carlos Celdran guilty of offending religious feelings.
At issue here is Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code. The Lower Court said that Celdran “meant to mock, insult, and ridicule those clergy whose beliefs and principles were diametrically opposed to his own.”
The case stems from Celdran’s holding of a protest sign with the word “Damaso” during a Church service. (Damaso is in reference to a Spanish friar in Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel, ‘Noli Me Tangere.)
Today, The Adobo Chronicles learned that a group of still unnamed Filipinos is preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against members of the religious clergy who unfurled a political banner while singing ‘Bayan Ko’ inside a Church.
The group said that the Clergy offended their religious feelings and that the Constitutional provision of Separation of Church and State was violated.
Suing is a two-way street!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In what is being billed as the century’s most significant coming together of Church and State anywhere in the world, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and President Rodrigo Duterte today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that practically ends the enmity between religion and civil government.
Titled “Humanae Vitale Statistics,” the MOA grants Catholic clergy the freedom to use the pulpit to criticize the Duterte government without fear of reprisal from government. It also grants Malacañang the right to demand that the President deliver the Sunday homily at a Catholic Church of his choosing for the rest of his term.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told The Adobo Chronicles that Duterte will first be making the rounds of Catholic Churches in Metro Manila, followed by churches in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
For every homily delivered by Duterte, the agreement calls for collections for that Sunday mass to be donated to Duterte’s discretionary fund to be used to help indigent Filipinos.
The MOA is expected to be replicated in other Catholic Churches throughout the world.
Many good things start in the Philippines!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque today clarified Malacañang’s statement that Rodrigo Dueterte has agreed to a ‘moratorium’ on his tirades against the Catholic Church and Clergy in the Philippines.
The Chief Executive supposedly promised to stop talking about the Church and Clergy during his meeting with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Romulo Valles in Malacañang on Monday, July 9.
“The operative word in Duterte’s promise is ‘for now,’ “ Roque told The Adobo Chronicles. “Tomorrow is another day. Let’s see what happens. Walang forever (there is no forever),” Roque added.
For its part, the CBCP said that each time a priest talks about politics or the government in his Sunday homily, 100% of the collections for that mass will be donated to Malacañang.
Sounds like a great deal!