Blogger slams Archbishop Soc Villegas over his "Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?"

Blogger slams Archbishop Soc Villegas over his "Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?"






Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Soc Villegas seems to have just politicized the Catholic church whe his video he asked "Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?"

The video is basically a video compilation on his Facebook page of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the church.

In the video, Villegas in between the clips cut from various speeches of Duterte, will read various passages in response to the particular sound bite.


Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Soc Villegas (photo credit to Philstar)


One example is the clip where the Pres said, “Are there any bishops here, I want to kick your ass. And the priests,” Duterte said in one of the clips played in the video. 

Villegas read this passage following that soundbite: “Hudas, ipagkakanulo mo ba ang anak ng tao sa sa isang halik (Judas would you betray the son of man with a kiss)?” 

It was Villegas in 2015 who said that, "Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people."
“When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laughs, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs,” he also said.

Blogger Carlo De Leon, a known supporter of President Duterte in his own Facebook post has scholarly deplored the tirades done by Archbishop Villegas against the Chief Executive of the land.
De Leon, explains that, I did not vote for him to be a religious leader; I didn't want a leader akin to a Priest, Pope, or Bishop to lead the country. I voted for a man whom I think can govern, who has a deeper understanding of secular and worldly matters in the broad field of temporal realities.
Further, he reminds Villegas,
You recently ask Catholics: "Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?" It was apparent that you were referring to Duterte, his allies, and his supporters. Are you saying that Catholics shouldn't support Duterte's candidates? Fine. Understood. But what about those who are denying their faith by voting for the candidates who supported and approved the RH law? The faithful have to be reminded some candidates allied with those against Duterte were also instrumental in attacking the Church by approving legislation directly against teachings of the Church.

In the last elections in 2016, you were on the same side of some of those legislators; and even with former President Noynoy Aquino who signed the RH law, which he could have vetoed. Your partisan views send mixed signals to the faithful. Some may think laws passed by those against Duterte are moral. The faithful may also conclude that laws passed by legislators who attend the same rallies as you do are moral since you are not criticizing them as morally reprehensible.

At the ending he reminds Villegas to be non-partisan and unbiased against any political group, and that as a leader of the church may he focus on the faithful to their religious duties like attending the mass and frequenting the holy sacraments.
Archbishop Villegas, you did not condemn the legislators and the former president during the campaign in the last elections. You appeared to be on their side, and that is partisan politics invading the hierarchy in the Catholic Church of the Philippines.
With all due respect, humility, and obedience to the Bishops of my faith, I implore you to take a balanced, unbiased approach in guiding the faithful in who to vote for. Tell the faithful to vote for legislators who will not enact laws directed against the Church


We have fully quoted the post of Mr. Carlo de Leon for the knowledge of the reading public.


Dear Archbishop Socrates Villegas,

As a practicing Catholic, proficient in the knowledge of the Catechism and Christian Doctrine I deplore the verbal tirades and attacks of President Duterte against the Philippine Church. But you see, I did not vote for him to be a religious leader; I didn't want a leader akin to a Priest, Pope, or Bishop to lead the country. I voted for a man whom I think can govern, who has a deeper understanding of secular and worldly matters in the broad field of temporal realities. Neither do I believe what Duterte says when it comes to the practice of my faith. Why should I, he is not an authority in faith and morals of the Catholic Church. When it comes to matters of my faith, I consult the Church hierarchy and read official published positions of the Church to guide me in my spiritual life.

Duterte is all talk when it comes to attacking the Church. Loose talk does damage to the image of the Catholic Church in the Philippines but far worse than verbal attacks are laws passed directly against the teachings of the Church.

Archbishop Villegas, you are silent about those who approved the RH Law. May I remind you, a law is permanent unless repealed. Verbal attacks against the Church will be forgotten and ignored by many of the faithful. Laws are here to stay. Established laws do more harm to the Church than verbal attacks because it's institutionalized. It becomes part of our system.

You recently ask Catholics: "Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?" It was apparent that you were referring to Duterte, his allies, and his supporters. Are you saying that Catholics shouldn't support Duterte's candidates? Fine. Understood. But what about those who are denying their faith by voting for the candidates who supported and approved the RH law? The faithful have to be reminded some candidates allied with those against Duterte were also instrumental in attacking the Church by approving legislation directly against teachings of the Church.

Let's review; the RH Bill finally signed into law by no less than President Benigno Aquino III on December 21, 2012. Prior to the signing, 13 senators who voted in favor of the bill, they were: Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand "Bong-Bong" Marcos Jr., Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and Ralph Recto. Not to mention the 133 Congressmen who voted for the bill.

A few years before the 2016 elections, you openly assailed former President Noynoy Aquino for supporting the RH bill despite your close ties with the Aquino family, but when the 2016 elections got closer, you became silent about this issue. You should have reminded the faithful about those legislators who supported the RH law. You should have asked the same question you are asking now: Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?

In the last elections in 2016, you were on the same side of some of those legislators; and even with former President Noynoy Aquino who signed the RH law, which he could have vetoed. Your partisan views send mixed signals to the faithful. Some may think laws passed by those against Duterte are moral. The faithful may also conclude that laws passed by legislators who attend the same rallies as you do are moral since you are not criticizing them as morally reprehensible.

Archbishop Villegas, you did not condemn the legislators and the former president during the campaign in the last elections. You appeared to be on their side, and that is partisan politics invading the hierarchy in the Catholic Church of the Philippines.

With all due respect, humility, and obedience to the Bishops of my faith, I implore you to take a balanced, unbiased approach in guiding the faithful in who to vote for. Tell the faithful to vote for legislators who will not enact laws directed against the Church.
As far as the verbal tirades of Duterte against the Church, talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.

Please ask the faithful to fulfill the obligations of our faith, by attending mass and frequenting the sacraments. Encourage them to refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible, where they can find all the answers to our faith. After all, the greatest enemy of the faith is the ignorance of its flock.

I am confident this message will reach you, and hopefully, have a moral effect on those who read this letter.




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