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March 13th, 2005

I couldn’t help but feel aghast at the statement issued by a certain Bishop Christian Noel, a bishop of the Catholic church in Bohol, about the food poisoning tragedy that killed more than 25 children. Without deference to the grieving families, the Bishop has linked the Government’s policy on population and information campaign on reproductive health to the death of the innocent children by equating the tragedy as God’s message. A punishment of God to us for allowing such policy in Government. The bishop believes the tragedy is a sign from God telling Catholics that if they go against the framework of the moral law and His commandments,” then something will happen to us.” (manilastandardonline)

Such a cruel God that Bishop has! A God that kills innocent children just to drive a point. The Catholic church must be thinking that her bishop is correct which is why it is keeping mum on his callous statement. The Catholic Church is promoting the natural method of population control. Perhaps the good Bishop was thinking that the death of more than 25 children in Bohol is one of those natural methods.

The Philippines has earned the moniker “the sick man of Asia”. Such a caricature is fitting not only to describe our moribund economy but moreso because the Philippines is full of sick minds–a sickness that is institutionalized not by the Mandaluyong Center for Mental Health but by the established estates of our society. I can just imagine the legion of the faithful agreeing 100% with the Bishop’s twisted analogy. The same agreement the faithful, especially the COMELEC did in believing Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s pronouncement that she asked God’s opinion to run again as President. They agreed with her and they made sure she won. The same agreement we gave to Cardinal Sin when twice he called the faithful to EDSA, only to preserve a corrupt and decadent government.

We get sicker everyday because of the daily doses of hypocrisy we get from both the Government and the Church. The Government maintains the moraturium on death penalty not because it is against sending criminals to kingdom come (Government would love to exterminate all criminals, both real and imagined) but because the Government just wants to please the Church. The Government pushes with its population control policy while the Church resists it. The Church declares it’s approval to get financial support from gambling lords while the Government steps up its drive against illegal gambling. The Government in order to remain in power wants to use the Church because of its following. The Church in order to maintain its relevance wants to use the Government because of its power. Strange bedfellows indeed but good tango partners.

Bishop Christian Noel’s “wrath of God” analysis might stand correct not only to the institutional Catholic Church but also to the hundred and one religious groups in the Philippines. I would agree with them 100% if only that same “wrath of God” falls upon the Congress and Senate, Malacanang, all corrupt officials, illegal loggers, drug lords, gambling lords, and themselves. Only then shall I believe.

I have nothing against God. It’s His fans clubs, in all its varieties, that I detest most.

  1. March 13th, 2005 at 14:47 | #1

    Hello Mr. Samuel, Bambit’s husband! I just want to say I agree with what you wrote 100 per cant. Give my regards to Bambit.

  2. Samuel Bilibit
    March 13th, 2005 at 21:41 | #2

    Amen Luchie. Makakarating kay Bambit regards mo. Thanks for for your comments.

  3. March 14th, 2005 at 00:24 | #3

    amen. exactly my thoughts. well sort of, i dissed the bishop too in my blog, but you just wrote it better! more power.

  4. Samuel Bilibit
    March 14th, 2005 at 01:45 | #4

    I’m flattered. thanks for your comments jove and more power to you too!

  5. March 14th, 2005 at 05:09 | #5

    I have been itching to say something about Bishop Noel’s ridiculous precepts on the death of the Bohol children for days now but I recanted because it seemed to me that the Bishop has just been mindless for a moment and he doesn’t deserve my commentary. Kako’ baka nabugok lang ang ulo.

    Obviously, Bishop Noel is just one example how religion, and the Church for that matter could at times be extreme in its view of the world that some of its men resort to unbelievably distorted, out-of-touch and utterly insensitive declarations.

    My only hope is that Bishop Noel’s words did not reflect the official sentiment of the Church, otherwise it is just the best way on how to lose followers.

  6. Samuel Bilibit
    March 14th, 2005 at 15:12 | #6

    You’re right Major Tom, Bishop Noel’s statement is one among the many reasons why the Church is loosing its flock.

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