MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following the lead of Montreal, Canada, the Philippine Senate is now conisdering a bill that would strike down the tax exemption for churches. Not all churches, but the two largest denominations — the Roman Catholic Church and the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).
(Montreal has begun to tax churches, especially those that use their facilities for non-worship purposes.)
The Senate bill is authored by Senator Kiko Pangilinanan, chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws. It has the full support of 100% of the Senators.
In justifying the proposed law (which would require a Constitutional Amendment). Pangilinan said that since the Catholic Church and INC have been using their religious platforms to meddle in politics, their tax exemption is no longer warranted.
”Catholic churches have used the pulpit to influence people on who to vote for in this coming and past elections while allowing church builidngs to serve as venues for political campaigns and partisan propaganda,” Pangilinan said. He also alluded to the Catholic Church’s huge investments in the stock market.
As for INC, Pangilinan said that it has always been known to vote as a block, dictating their followers to vote for chosen candidates.
As expected, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and INC head Eduardo V. Manalo have expressed stiff opposition to the proposed law, citing the Constitutional guarantee of Separation of Church and State.
PARIS, France (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) – Former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s fervent evangelical views got national attention when she launched her presidential campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination.
Her Christian counseling center offered gay conversion therapy; she fought for a constitutional ban on same sex marriage; and she often cites her faith as a touchstone informing her views.
Then in a recent radio interview, Bachmann called Donald Trump the godliest President of her lifetime.
Many dismissed her comments, but then images of the recent Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris posted on social media showed this:
Was Bachmann into something when she made that comment about Trump?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In what is being seen as the most positive endorsement yet of President Rodrigo Duterte by the Catholic Church in the Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has urged Filipino Catholics to follow “humble leaders” like Jesus Christ.
Immediately, the Filipino faithful interpreted Tagle’s statement to be in reference to Duterte who is known to always bow in humility to his private or public audiences. Duterte is also known to have kept humble practices even as President, such as sleeping inside a mosquito net in his own bed in Davao City, or eating meals, sans utensils, in carinderias. It is also a known fact that Duterte likes to serve simple Filipino cuisine such as monggo and maruya even in state dinners.