Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Reaction to the Recent CBCP Pastoral Statement

See the document Seeking the Truth, Restoring Integrity

Yes, there are several reactions from different perspectives. however this is my reaction.

First, The CBCP is still on the discerning process. Discerning is a very important element in decision making. Discerning here is not only looking for the truth that really happens in the Philippine situation which is very tedious and complicated on every aspect of the situation at hand but also discerning on what appropriate actions should be taken into which the CBCP as a Church body could recommend. Maybe the CBCP already know the truth but the process of how this truth will transform to a concrete action that will ensure that the defect could be cured is a very difficult task.

Second, the pastoral letter though referring to the ZTE scandal does not only tries to deal this single matter but on the question of how truth will be dealt appropriately as follower of Jesus Christ, the Truth. This is not only the anomaly that has to be resolved. it is one of the many issues of which has some shadow or gray areas. The pastoral letter clearly recommends that "the abolition of EO 464 so that those who might have knowledge of any corruption in branches of government, may be free to testify before the appropriate investigating bodies". No law shall impede anybody from knowing the truth so that justice may be served.

Thirdly, Do not expect that when the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines of communal action does not necessarily mean a drastic move of "mass action". Please be reminded that the CBCP nor Archbishop Angel Lagdameo is Cardinal Sin. No wonder, a lot of people miss Cardinal Sin much.

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