26 February 2008
Communal Action according to GMA's spin doctors and the bishops who love her
Here is a 1-page ad which appeared today on the Phil Star. It's a selection of quotable quotes from Catholic Church officials, many of them bishops, collated to create the impression of a consensus favoring a rather narrow interpretation of what "communal action" means, i.e., pray, organize, cry yourself hoarse, do anything so long as it won't lead to the President stepping down from office.
"We in the Mindanao block want GMA to finish her term until 2010." (Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan)
"I support the Arroyo administration". (Bishop Martin Jumoad of Basilan)
"There was 'not enough reason' to support the calls for Mrs. Arroyo's resignation, but her administration should rectify the purported corruption. My own stand is no resignation." (Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo of Cotabato)
Suffice it to say I am deeply embarrassed by these statements' collective assault against sensibility, reason and morals.
As to my other sentiments, charity and prudence dictate that I speak no more.