The verdict is out. The Roman Catholic Church (at least the Visayan branch in Bacolod) has elected the path of irrelevance. In his column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled "Which way for the Church?" (December 19, 2012), Randy David quotes Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, as follows:
"In the message, we find a humble church, admitting that it does not understand everything that's happening in the world. That it's confused, that it has suffered, but it also admits its share in the wounds of society . . . Humility for the Church is not a strategy; it is the way of Jesus. It is how God manifested himself to us in Jesus, and loved us in the form of Christ crucified."
If only the rest of Cardinal Tagle's brethren would follow his lead, then the Church may recover some of its thoroughly eroded credibility in light of its despotic, over-bearing, one-dimensional and deceitful approach to the RH bill. Yet, the actions of the diocese of Bacolod, blessed by their bishop, Vicente Navarra, wreaks of "petulance" and "insolence" in the words of the editorial below. Petty, legalistic, fallacious, entitled, abusive, arrogant, hypocrites, modern day pharisees . . . all come to my mind.
It doesn't really matter whether or not their actions in Bacolod are "against the law". The Church's demeanor before and after the passage of the RH bill confirms what I had concluded many years ago (after I had some time to independently evaluate my Jesuit indoctrination). That is, the moral ascendancy that is so imperiously and cavalierly wielded by the Roman Catholic Church is undeserved. Yet, the poorer the country and the less educated its population, the greater the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. Conversely, the more prosperous the country and the more educated its population, the lesser the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. Do you now wonder why the Church is against the RH bill, which could, for the first time in Philippine history, reverse the trend of a runaway population of the uneducated or, from the Church's perspective, a waning of its influence in the Philippines. Enough with these great pretenders, who should finally be seen in the proper light--quite simply, irrelevant.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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