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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Political Protests During Mass: Unethical or Wake-Up Call


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Not all who criticize the government are seen as doing good. There are some perceived as misguided elements that could only create further chaos leading to more divisiveness of this country.

There were these activists that were said to have gotten reprimanded by church workers who courteously asked them to stop what they were doing, but when they persisted, two cops accosted them....or is accosted such a strong and negative word to use?

But from some media outfits, they report that it was the church workers who asked help of the police. Please we need to be enlightened.

"Aktivistas" attended the Mass; two brought out protest placards marked with “Resist Anti Terror Law!” while a woman distributed leaflets during the Mass. The church staff remonstrated with them, but they would not be stopped.

According to Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church, it is not appropriate to display placards and distribute flyers expressing opposition to the government within the Church and at the height of the holy celebration itself. The woman distributing leaflets appeared clueless. She asked police: "Why is this forbidden?"

Although the Church is united in opposing laws that may violate the human rights and freedoms of the people such as the controversial Anti-Terror Law, the manner in which opposition to the government was being expressed was not appropriate and acceptable.

"There is something wrong with … expressing opposition to the government … at the wrong time and wrong venue because it is a Mass… We are united in their expression of opposition to such a law -- but there is a right venue." ~ Fr. Douglas Badong.



If the church will not file charges on these activists, then it is double standard to what they did to Carlos Celdran.

But this is maybe because Celdran was attacking the church, and the activists were protesting against a recently-enactedg-enacted government bill.



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