Go on spiritual retreat during Holy Week, bishop advises Aquino


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A Catholic bishop on Monday urged President Benigno Aquino III to take time off from his hectic schedule during the Holy Week for a quiet retreat and some self-reflection.

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said Mr. Aquino must not depend solely on his intelligence and prudence in leading the country to the right path (tuwid na daan) but must also seek guidance and enlightenment from the Holy Spirit.

“I hope he could take time to be with the Lord, especially this … Lent and Holy Week so he will be more enlightened,” Bastes said over Church-run Radio Veritas on Monday.

“[He] should not (only) rely on [his] intelligence or prudence but as the leader of the nation, he has to ask guidance from the Holy Spirit … because it is not easy to govern the Philippines,” said the prelate after news came out that the President had a lot on his plate for Holy Week.

On April 3 and 4—Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday—the President will be in Cambodia for the 20th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Bastes stressed the importance of spending quiet time in prayer and reflection, especially for someone like Mr. Aquino, who has the country’s many woes and problems on his shoulders.

“There are a lot of issues and controversies in the country that need some serious thinking not only by him but also by his Cabinet,” he said.  Jocelyn R. Uy

Originally posted: 05:57 pm | Monday, March 26th, 2012

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  • NoronJamel

    At pumapel na nman po itong si Bishop! Ngyon ko lang nabasa name ng bishop na ito, dahil nanahimik sandali mga Pajero Bishops?

    • apojay

      Epal nga. Baka luma na ang sasakyan.  

      Di ba iyan din ang ayaw paimbestiga ang Pajero issue sa Senado?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

    What a hypocrite this Bishop…..why don’ you look at those priests who impregnated women and gay priests who abused boys and males?   

    • canant

      di naman po tayo nanampalataya dahil sa mga parokyano at obispo, taga gabay lamang natin sila ang mahalaga ay ang founder ng simabahang ito na dapat nating bigyan ng panahon at pag galang.

  • bananabrain

    but but but he will be busy makin kimchi..
    I am reminded of easter when I see penoy

  • kilabot

    walang espiritu si pnoy kaya di uubra ang spiritual retreat. nonoying zombie yan, monsignor. dapat kay pnoy ay psychiatric evaluation.

  • po6is777

    Meron bang masamang binanggit ang Bishop? Please cite from the article above those ‘BAD AND FOUL WORDS” that the bishop said.

    Hypocrite? Why are you so selective? Were you not also playing deaf in many instances on the needs of your neighbors? turning blind eye in the crimes happening in your surroundings? immorality, drunkenness, unfaithfulness, sexual intentions, lust,etc? Were you not also hypocrites in many instances especially in your private times?

    • TwiggyRamirez

      …instead na si PNoy ang bigyan nya nang advice, why not si Thief Justice Renato Corona at ex-pres GMA ang pagsabihan nya? isama na din nya yung mga kapwa nya obispo at pari na tumanggap nang salapi at magagarang sasakyan na nagmula sa mga corrupt government officials at yung mga nang rape ng mga kabataan na hanggang ngayon ay nasa iba’t ibang panig ng Pilipinas at malayang nagagawa ang makamundo nilang gawain.

      …so I ask you the same question: Why are you so selective as well?

  • anodawateglow

    The good bishop should have asked Bishop Cruz to do so.

    • jostarjr

      What happened to Bishop Cruz? Did he gave up on Corona?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUKT3KMR3HZPFPTGCWK5XQ2WY Mark

    Sorry father, hindi nag e-spiritual retreat ang mga demonyo.

    • aristeosj

      hahaha!!!nagsalita ang mga kampon ni gloria!!!at corona!!!sino kaya ngayon ang nasa kulungan ha???!!!waah!!!

  • Banono

    “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
    I would rather advise the President to have a quiet time reading and studying the words of God than do anything else this coming Passover or Easter for Roman Catholics.

  • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach

    Aquino urges bishops to retreat from politics during Holy Week.


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUKT3KMR3HZPFPTGCWK5XQ2WY Mark

      Fellow schizophrenics urge Aquino to take his medications religiously this Holy Week.

      • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EU6YSAVT4NB3OCKR4ZS6CN2CGA San Miguel

    Why not visit the doctor instead…

  • BatangSingapore

    Hintayin natin ano ang idadahilan sagot ng Abnoy na pangulo, sa hamon sa kaniya ng simbahan sa darating na Holy Week.

    • aristeosj

      kailangan pa ba sagutin iyan?AMEN na lang!!!

  • Fool_Of_Mercy

    Father, what do u want? SUV? No! Not in my term! Ok?

  • archangel uriel

    mag ZEN ka na lang mr. president. kaya ng katawan nyo mag lotus pose while sitting (ZEN). jim paredes i think is a zen practitioner join kayo sa group nila am sure may retreat (sesshin) sila ngaung lent. our group will start sesshin this sunday till Holy wednesday.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XZB2WED3MKMH3J6GCYLAJ5OKOU apolonioc

    ciguro wag na sila manghimasok sa pulitika kaya marami nang umaalis sa katoliko 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQWDVIRLC3BVQTZYNWTWXWO77E Reynaldo

    Bishop Bastes, instead of giving un-solicited advise to a very busy president, Why you, and the rest of the bishops in the country to ask your rapist, pedophile, gay priest, to get out of the church and beg forgiveness from God instead of you interfering with politics, the church has plenty things to do by helping the sick, the poor and the unfortunates which you always preach but never did.You Bishop Bastes you have to start from yourself, ponder where will your soul will go.

    • BatangSingapore

      kung ganyan sagot ng Abnoy na presidente ay sadyang may sapi at dapat lamang na mag balik Diyos.

      maliban na lang kung feeling niya (Abnoy na presidente) na wala ng tataas pa sa kanya.

  • Mattino2011


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Walang mawawala kung subukan nyang mag muni-muni.
    Diyos lang naman kasi ang perpekto.
    Kahit sino siguro, susunggaban ang pagkakataong baguhin at butihin ang sarili.


  • ethicsingov

    Reflection is an important virtue of a leader, not only during Easter but every day. People regardless of their religious persuasions should pray for their leaders.

  • Russell Ariola

    Kahit nasaan ka pwede ka namang manahimik magmuni-muni at magdasal.
    Saka magaling naman si Fr.Lino Arevalo na spiritual adviser ni PNoy. Isipin mo na lang bishop yung mga pedo na mga pari natin na nang-aabuso ng mga mahihirap na mga kabataan natin.

  • John_Galt_II

    Ikaw bishop ang mag retreat sa kweba at wag ka nang lumabas. Perwisyo ka lang sa mga tao!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/APG4EF4E2BYT3C7NLOVNXKF64Y albert

    Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes made a very good advice to pnoy and cabinet members.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

    Catholic bishops should keep their mouth shut and not meddle in the political affairs of the nation. What’s the use of separation of powers between the state and the church? Did Aquino or anyone representing the state ever give unsolicited advice to the church?

    In developed countries, religious leaders would not dare to advise the head of the state because they have some decency and propriety left. Not in the Philippines; these religious leaders want to control the masses, and hopefully, the Filipino people will realise that sooner.

    • mang_empoy

      There is no issue here regarding the separation of powers between church and state.
      No meddling happened. It was just a suggestion to make a retreat nothing more.
      Is making a retreat to pray and meditate a political exercise? Kailan pa?

      • TwiggyRamirez

        …instead na si PNoy ang bigyan nya nang advice, why not si Thief
        Justice Renato Corona at ex-pres GMA ang pagsabihan nya? isama na din
        nya yung mga kapwa nya obispo at pari na tumanggap nang salapi at
        magagarang sasakyan na nagmula sa mga corrupt government officials at
        yung mga nang rape ng mga kabataan na hanggang ngayon ay nasa iba’t
        ibang panig ng Pilipinas at malayang nagagawa ang makamundo nilang

  • mangtom

    Palagay ko hindi binabasa ng mga mitsubishops itong mga comments dito. Otherwise, they stop stop meddling with government affairs. Or, nababsa nila pero they don’t care. Kung ganun, kapal muks. They are being ridiculed and mocked by posters left and right. 

    • mang_empoy

      Wala namang pakikialam sa pulitika dyan dahil suggestion lang naman yang retreat kay Pnoy. Isa pa, hindi pulitika ang pinag-uusapan sa retreat kundi ang relasyon sa Diyos at kapwa. Saan ang pulitika doon? Saan ang meddling? Paki-clarify nga po.

      The Church will not be silenced by ridiculed and mockery by posters here. Kaya sige pa, comment lang ng comment. Kulang pa yung effort nyo. Nice try!

      • TwiggyRamirez

         …instead na si PNoy ang bigyan nya nang advice, why not si Thief
        Justice Renato Corona at ex-pres GMA ang pagsabihan nya? isama na din
        nya yung mga kapwa nya obispo at pari na tumanggap nang salapi at
        magagarang sasakyan na nagmula sa mga corrupt government officials at
        yung mga nang rape ng mga kabataan na hanggang ngayon ay nasa iba’t
        ibang panig ng Pilipinas at malayang nagagawa ang makamundo nilang

  • Ommm

    President Benigno Aquino III urged a Catholic bishop on Monday  to take
    time off from his hectic advising schedule during the Holy Week for a quiet
    retreat and some self-reflection.

  • mangtom

    John_Galt_LA and Ommm: Nakakatawa yong mga posts ninyo. Good job.


    I think the priest should just do what he does and let P-Noy do what he does.  The State does not need the church meddling in its affairs.  The State needs honest people doing that.

  • turkak


    GG CLIENT HERE I COME !!!!!!  GG NA SIR !!!!

  • Taiko_Kauna

    Why not advise also Corona to repent of his lies and start confessing the truth Padre. Isn’t that even more important to put an end to this time consuming impeachment trial which is becoming so frustrating because of the efforts of GMA’s cohorts (paricularly Brenda & Joker) to cover up?

    • Guest

      The pastors of Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo will take care of Corona.

  • fugeee

    mas kailangan ni corona yang spiritual retreat na sinasabi mo, bishop…
    just my two cents…

    • BatangSingapore

      yellow zombies paganahin ninyo utak nyo.  wala masama kung magbabalik sa Diyos ang Abnoy na pangulo dahil yan ang higit niyang kailangan.

      yan lang ang magsasalba sa kaniya upang hindi mapatalsik paalis ng malacanang.

      • fugeee

        wala akong pakialam kahit tawagin mo akong yellow zombie at kung ano ano pa…hahaha
        at ikaw ano? kampon ni richnato corona at queen pandak arovo na nuknukan ng kurakot? mas malala kayo…LOL

      • BatangSingapore

        suggest ninyo kay Abnoy mag tika siya ngayon Holy Week at Kilalanin maigi ang Diyos.

        Simple lang yan hamon sa kaniya ng Simbahan.  Mentras pumapalag pa e napaghahalatang may sanib ang Abnoy ninyong pangulo.

      • fugeee

        hahaha kayong kampon ni corona at arroyo(magnanakaw), kayo dapat ang mag ngilay…nasusunog na mga kaluluwa nyo ayon sa mga kristyano…maiitim ang budhi nyo…hahaha

      • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

         di bale na ang yellow, kaysa black (itim ang budhi) zombie!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44AL5ELD5H5FBAZQ3WMTMKIKCM Manggoding Goding


    Pnoy is so much lucky. He was called Noynoying, the doing nothing President.
    Now, everybody is on his side.
    The last time VP Binay said, Give Pnoy a BREAK and now Bishop advises Pnoy to go on SPIRITUAL RETREAT this Holy Week.
    Lagin na lang pahinga.

  • AllaMo

    The saintly bishop would be more admirable persuading the saintlier corona to make a full confession of his transgressions against God and nation.

  • Filipinoflash

    Presidente ako ng Pilipinas, hindi ako Presidente ng mga Katoliko. Kaya pwede ba Bishop Bastes, leave the President alone. Like Pnoy, Katoliko ako but I will do the same thing. Hindi ako magpadikta sa Simbahang Katoliko dahil hindi lang naman Katoliko ang pinagsilbihan ko. Bakit ko iimpose ang relihiyon ko sa mga taong iba ang pananampalataya? 

    So Bishop Bastes, thanks but no thanks for your unsolicited advice. Just leave the President alone to govern the country. Concentrate on your flock. 

  • sigena

    abnoy magpatingin ka na sa albolario

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

       sigena, magpatingin ka sa psychiatrist!!!

  • nestleraisinets

    noynoying to the fullest!

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    wey da minit! bakit hindi si Thief Crown ang pinagsabihan nito??? naku huh!!! si bishop ata e kaibigang matalik ni Thief Crown.

    • linoca

      Wala na daw pag-asa si Thief Justice Corona at GMA.  Graduate na.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “I hope he could take time to be with the Lord. . . ”
    “Same to you,” should be Malacanang’s no-nonsense reply. Fancy what that Bishop really had in mind when he said that. Very mischievous. Very far from honest and straight talk.

    But then there’s no talking straight nor walking the straight path for his kind.
    It’s always diagonally.

  • joeldcndcn

    bishop bastes is one of those bishops in the catholic church who is supporting the corrupt glo arroyo, so what the people expect from him, he, he, he!  dapat mag-advise siya doon sa mga
    mitsubishops-PCSO  na mag-repent sa kanilang pagkatao, he, he, he!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabino-Ang/100002627340045 Gabino Ang

      Bishop Bastes of Sorsogon is from Loboc,Bohol. i know all about his personal background which are immoraly scandalous. suffice t to say that he is a prominent LADLAD member.

  • Tonypogi

    The bishop will be more convincing if he first joins the flagellants during Holy Week before making a statement about the government.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      Flagellation is prohibited by the Catholic church.

      Binasa mo ba yung article?
      Wala namang negative na sinabi tungkol sa government.

  • generalproblem

    siguro itong mga bishops na ito ang dapat na mag nilay nilay ngayong mahal na araw. baka pweding yung collection nila eh pakitulong na nila sa mahihirap. saka kung pwede yung mga catholic school na ang mahal ng tuition fee ay magbyad nag property tax. kung ayaw nila magbayad so dapat free ang eduaction sa catholic school.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DTL6TMF3BPZTQBSWOVDN2RSKWE Mar

    hindi mag-retreat at mag-reflection ang taong yan di nya ugali yan noon pa tsaka kalaban nya ang simbahang katoliko dahil di nagsuporta ang simbahan sa pro-abortion at reproductive health bill ni Pnoy, kayo naman……

  • tehot

    wala ng pag asa yang panot na abnoy na yan hahaha

  • Chris Coronel

    Walang masama sa sinabi ng bishop. Lahat tayo ay kailangan ang Diyos. Ang hindi ko maunawaan ay kung bakit nag-aaksaya pa ng panahon ang mga taong tulad ni Tehot na magbitaw ng salitang wala namang naidudulot na kabutihan para sa kahit kanino. Ang mga taong gumagamit ng mga salita na gaya ng abnoy, para sa akin, ay walang pinag-aralan, walang pinagkatandaan at walang mabuting naitutulong sa lipunan.

  • rtgrtg

    Good idea! But make sure not to bring bishops ni gloria sa retreat mo….mga kawatan din ang mga iyan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabino-Ang/100002627340045 Gabino Ang

    Mons Arturo Mandin Bastes SVD is a bona fide member of LADLAD. Look who is pontificating! kapalmoks talaga ng mga obispo natin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ZLLPEOHODRQRYTZ2JMAB6Q56Y Daniel

    Bishopssssss, kayo po ang dapat mag retreat, mag penitensiya, sawsaw kayo ng sawsaw sa pulitika dapat simbahan ang asikasuhin ninyo. linisin ninyo ang kaloob-loban ng sarili ninyo at linisin din ninyo yun mga sasakyan nyo na galing sa donation ng simbahan.

  • billygunn23

    “Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said Mr. Aquino must not depend solely on his intelligence and prudence”

    siguro prudence pwede pa. pero intelligence?

  • Philcor

    in short,mag noynoying ka daw muna mr el presidente hahaha……

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZHI74IQXRUXUVEDHVAW2EKOLM Jonald

    Lahat ng mga ayaw kay abnot.. say it Istoryahe noynoying

  • noypisiTED

    If the good “mitsu”bishop says “There are a lot of issues and controversies in the country that need
    some serious thinking not only by him but also by his Cabinet,” why is he suggesting that PNoy takes a breather? At times when he skips out of public view some were saying he was somewhere “Noynoying”, whatever that means. A case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t? Being a bachelor he must have had a lot of “quiet” moments. And being alone in meditative condition is nothing new to him. Prayers? Being the only son of the late Saint of Democracy you would be assured he had been brought up in a prayerful home and in terms of spirituality he has a tough anchor. Now, what we need is a leader of the country who does not feign religiosity to please but does the right thing despite the reality that it might not sit well with the interest of a particular religious group in the country. This nonentity believes that as long as one does the job right it has the “blessings” of the Holy Spirit. PNoy does his jobs as prez well that  perhaps he also considers the One up there as a factor in his decision-making moments.

  • po6is777

    To TwiggyRamirez: Hindi po pagiging selective yan dahil Pangulo po siya ng Pilipinas. Siya po ang pinakamataas na LIDER NG  BANSANG ITO ang iniimbitahan ng obispo na magretreat. Now tell me, IS IT AN EVIL THING to invite or advise the president or any person to have a retreat? And why are you so affected with this invitation?

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