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Priests’ plea: Please, no firecrackers near churches

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If you can’t resist the urge to explode firecrackers to greet the New Year, stay away from churches. Otherwise, just stick to the old-fashioned way of banging pots and pans.

Some members of the Catholic Church on Sunday joined authorities in calling for safer means of merrymaking to usher in the New Year.

But for stubborn revelers, Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, the media director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had one request: “If you’re going to ignite firecrackers, please do it far from the church, especially when there is a Mass going on,” he said.

Firecrackers that go off near churches disturb churchgoers attending the New Year Mass, particularly those held at or an hour before midnight, according to Quitorio.

“The noise created by the firecrackers drown out what is being said in the Mass… people have a hard time listening to the readings,” he said.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said it was for this reason that Masses in his area in Tarlac were moved earlier.

“We are afraid for the security of the faithful, so our New Year Masses have been scheduled at 9 p.m. so that by 10:30 p.m. they can go home safely,” Castro told reporters.

While acknowledging that making noise to greet the New Year was part of the Filipino culture, the priest said there were other ways to create noise to usher in 2013 without losing a limb, such as blowing plastic horns (torotot) or banging pots and pans.

“In the olden days, we used to bang pots and pans because it was believed that you will have plenty of food to cook in the new year,” said Castro. It was worth giving the old practice a try for the New Year, he added.

Silence, solitude

Some members of the clergy suggested finding silence and solitude.

“Let us find time for silence and solitude. Be thankful for all the blessings in the past year and invite God to continually walk with us in our journey for the year to come,” said Fr. Edu Gariguez of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles encouraged the faithful to visit the Blessed Sacrament to welcome the New Year.

“Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as the Three Kings adored the Child in the Holy Family so may today’s kings be wise to recognize, acknowledge and adore the true God-made-man,” said Arguelles.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    WHY ARE WORRY BISHOPS PRAY TO THE WOODS!!

    • Observer_din

      sir di lang lang woods, pati stones, ivory ang other materials na pwedeng gawan ng forms.

    • boldyak

       may picture ka ba ng asawa mo?..malamang meron…alin ang asawa mo, ang picture o ang nasa picture?…kung gusto mo gunitain ang asawa mo, alin ang gusto mo, kaharap mo ang picture ng asawa mo o nakaharap ka sa poste o dingding na may lamok o ipis o anong bagay na nasa dingding?..iwan mahirap intindihi  yon?…kung hinid mo pa naintindihan pabayaan mo na ang iba sa gusto nila hindi ka naman inaagrabyado…live and let live ika nga…

  • chingnarciso

    the church said that if you make a noise,go far away from the church.

  • brunogiordano

    “Priiests’ plea: Please, no firecrackers near churches”

    BAKIT BATI na BA TAYO????

    Nakikipagbati na kami Sa inyo ayaw ninyong tangapin.

    OK dahil kami ay hindi nagtatanim ng galit kanino man, pagbibigyan namin ang inyong kahiligan.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR SA INYO MGA PARI, OBISPO AT CARDINALS, at mga ANTI-RH!!!!

    PEACE!!!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      tama naman si bishops kung makapasok yung paputok sa loob ng simbahan sunog ang diyos nila na lagi nilang binubuhat akala mo may sakit sunog ang kahoy!! sasabihin na naman ni bishops burn to hell pro r.h bill

      • boldyak

        your comments really shows that you don’t have a single idea what is our belief…better live us alone and just do your thing (hope its not immoral what ever it is)….lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6NDRGGX6M5R2GSJMKBBOAKOFU Noel

    selfish ba nyo?…bakit sa mga churches lang…LAHAT bawal ang firecrackers 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000374137014 Buboy Evardone

    Sa Biblia… walang sinabing THREE KINGS. ang mababasa WISE MEN. hindi sinabing HARI at hindi rin sinabing TATLO! 

    Magbasa naman kayo ng biblia… mga bishop!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KIO7WLD47UUZ5L6Y3FM2X2GNRU brian

      putang-ina kung mg salita ka parang alam mo lahatt ah…!!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    O e di nakita na ninyo mga pari at obispo?  Kung ang pangkalahatang tao ay me respeto sa inyo at hindi naririndi sa inyong walang tigil na pakikialam sa gobierno, hindi na kailangan upang kayo ay maki-usap sa mga tao na huwag gawin basurahan yan inyong simbahan ng mga paputok?  Sila na mismo ang gagawa ng paraang mailayu sa kapahamakan ang simbahan.  Yan ang inyong napala tapos kayo rin ang nakikiusap sa tao?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KIO7WLD47UUZ5L6Y3FM2X2GNRU brian

      bakit sir .. kaming mga ngsisimba hindi rin ba mga tao… kahit PRO RH ako sir ngsisimba parin ako… minsan nahagisan kami  ng paputok…. pagkagaling namin sa simbahan sir…kasama pamilya ko …. nasugatan pa ako….

  • Mattino2011

    Taboy malas daw kasi mga paders!! kaya doon malapit sa churches ang pagpapaputok

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

    “Let us find time for silence and solitude” said father Edu Ganguez 

    Please not only during the new years eve.

    Please address your comment to your Bishops who have been noisy for the past 14 years fighting the RH bill. Now that RH bill has been signed into law, it’s time to calm down and stop throwing threats to the pro RH congress men and senators.

    Live what you preach to regain respect of your parishioners.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!

    • boldyak

      no threats have been thrown, they will vote against politician who they think will further sponsor divorce, abortion, euthanasia, same sex marriages…walang threat doon dahil hindi talaga namin iboboto ang mga ganyang politiko…we will support who we think are more morally upright…

  • tekateka

    Hahaha… Sariling kapakanan pa rin ang iniisip… alang iya..

    • boldyak

      kung may okasyon sa bahay nyo, at magpaputok ng magpautok kapit bahay mo sa hanggang hindi kayo magkarinigan, okay lang sa iyo?…sagot ng tootoo, okay…

  • tekateka

    All of these stories are fantasies and delusions… 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Huwag raw kayong magpaputok,gumamit kayo ng Condom…

  • sanjuan683

    heheheh bakit hanggang saan ba nasasakop ng church ninyo. Dapat sinabi na lang huag magpaputok dahil baka maaksidente o mapinsala ang mga kamay. Tinotolerate mo pa ang mga tao magpapatok. Bobo ka rin ano Quitorio?

    • boldyak

      (“But for stubborn revelers, Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, the media director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had one request: “If you’re going to ignite firecrackers, please do it far from the church, especially when there is a Mass going on,” he said”)…..hindi mo ba nabasa ito sa news item?..you are not a catholic and yet your name is…pede ba palitan mo at mabigyan naman respeto ang mga saints na wala naman kayo nyan…bagong taon na pede siguro magkaroon ka ng new year’s resolution na.”alis mo na ang galit wsa katawan mo, at umaalingasaw na”…haha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SIWJUWUPNGG3URJHWGMI5ZCX7Q Aj

    bakit laging headline ang mga pari….Kulang sa pansin..sa labas bawal, sa loob pwede…

  • akimaxx

    A loving Church: Hwag kayong magpaputok kahit saan, baka kayo madisgrasya at mabawasan
                                 ang inyong daliri o kaya’y inyong kamay
    A dictator Church: Hwag kayong magpaputok malapit sa simbahan, baka hindi dinggin ng Diyos
                                 ang aming dasal.

  • Tonypogi

    It is a simple case of they want to have their cake and eat it too.  Ang hirap sa mga simbahan dito, apaw hanggang sa labas ang mga taong sumisimba. Tapos lalagyan ng loudspeaker para sila ay makarinig. Hindi inalintana ang mga kabahayan sa palibot na naliligalig sa ingay nila. Kung sila ang makakabulahaw OK. Pag sila ang nabubulahaw, hindi OK.

    Para walang gulo, Simple lang ang solution iyan. Ipa-aircondition ninyo ang simbahan at
    sarahan ang mga pinto. Sa goon, tahimik na makpagdarasal ang mga tao sa
    loob at hindi rin kayo makakabulahaw sa mga kapitbahay. Dapat bawal ang standing room dahil kung magkaroon ng emergency hindi magkakadaganan. Dapat ipatupad ng Fire Department anf Fire Code, maski sa simbahan. Simbahang Katoliko lang ang alam kong hindi tumutupad dito.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Ganyan din naman ang mga Muslim kung sumamba…dinig ng dinig ang kanilang dasal.  Buti pa ang mga Protestante at INC sarado ang pintuan at sa loob lang nagdarasal.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Kadamihan ng simbahan Walang fire extinguishers, fire exit sign at lumang luma ang structure. Kaya pagnagkasunog, diretso last rites ang mgs parishioners.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KIO7WLD47UUZ5L6Y3FM2X2GNRU brian

        bakit simbahan lang ba? — check mo nga mga building natin kung mayron ba… halos lahat ng fire exit ginawa ng — tambakan….ng basura… kung may ladder man kinalawang din….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Filipinos: Please, no Church near government.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

    ipasok sa pwet ng mga pari ang “goodbye bading ” tapos sindihan para maramdaman nila ang safe and satisfying sex…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Why not also say no vendors outside of the church?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Firecrackers are to drive away evil spirits.  The priests are evil, are they not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    please, don’t use frie crackers near the churches it won’t do any good, use a grenade instead, preferably inside the priest’s sleeping room while they are sleeping!

  • simonibarra27

    Ayaw ng BAD spirits yung papautok! so natulmente ayaw ni Damaso sa paputok!
    I donate nyo na lang daw sa kanila para hayahay!!! CBCP bwisit! feeling nyo homeowners assn lang ang kumunidad! PWE!

    • boldyak

      pakipahid ng monitor mo, sa kakadura mo puno na ng laway…

  • simonibarra27

    Ayaw nilang swertehin ang mga Pinoy tapos ayaw ding nilang kumita yung mga negosyante ng paputok. Gusto nila idaan sa simbahan ang mga wishes ng mga pinoy para sila (CBCP) ang happy ang new year! PWWEEE! Pautang ina talaga tong Katolikoliko!

    • boldyak

      kaawaan ka sana ng panginoon..papanalangin ko na patawarin ka nya…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        wa epek yan dre’ kasi mali yung god na dinadasalan mo. hahaha, kay jujubuwacho ka mag pray dahil yon ang tamang god! lols..

      • boldyak

        in any case papanalangin pa rin at nang mabuksan ang puso mo sa diyos…(at sana gumaling na yang pagkabagok ng ulo mo…lol)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        at sana ay gumaling na rin ang sakit nyo na tumagal ng dalawang libong taon. lols.

  • Mel Manalo

    dont use firecrackers near churches. just throw inside the CBCP building. para mapalayas mga demons in white.

    • justjarred

      tama!

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    The Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of convictions, trials and investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of Roman Catholic orders against children as young as 3 years old with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14

    • boldyak

      kung may nagkakasala na pari, hindi ibig sabihin lahat ay nagkasala….kung may nagkasala sa member ng pamilya mo hindi ibig sabihin makasalanan ang pamilya mo…ganun lang kasimple…Priests are being tempted more than anybody else… at ang iba ay mahina…let’s pray that priests are stronger against temptations…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        if there is god, and the priests who studied theology for a very LOOOONNNG time, SHOULD have more faith of its existence, the fact they committed crimes and the fact that there are many quitting the priesthood.. is a clear indication that they KNEW very well that god is a man-made.

        gets mo ang logic?

      • boldyak

        why is there temptations?…how many times Jesus was tempted?…Priest are human and human commit mistakes…only Jesus committed no sin, and yet he was tempted, even you study theology for a lifetime that does not guarantee you that you will not be tempted. you have expected too much that the priest will not be tempted, (which  i doubt)..you are just waiting for any wrong doings by any priest and lambaste the Catholic church which i think that is your mission in life. Anyway you don’t believe that there is god, so there’s no need for me to explain further….hope GOD will open your heart to accept him..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        temptations? ol’skool reasoning.. lols…

        ito ang bago at most realistic

        www dot leavingthepriesthood dot com/#anchor_102

        “by rigid dogma and ecclesiastical laws that, in conscience, are no longer credible”

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice.

    The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.” And if an icon won’t fit in a suitcase? Here’s how National Geographic‘s Bryan Christy summarizes Garcia’s advice: “I might get a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines declaring my image to be antique, or I could get a carver to issue a paper declaring it to be imitation or alter the carving date to before the ivory ban.”

    Garcia also made provocative comments when I interviewed him about why he fled the U.S. in 1985. He admitted having sex with altar boys and supplying them with drugs

  • kismaytami

    Silence and solitude??? Please mr. edu gariguez, your church is a kilometer away from my house but I can hear your loud banging of your church bells as early as 3:00 AM in the morning for the last two months!

    • boldyak

      lumipat ka kaya sa layong limang kilometro baka di na maririnig…lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        ano kaya kung yung simbahan ang ilipat ng 5000 kilometers, mas maganda sa tuktok ng bundok yung walang makakapunta?

      • kismaytami

        Dapat siguro ibalik na sila sa Roma. Nuisance na ang simbahan dito sa Pilipinas, pakialamero sa estado at hindi nagbabayad ng buwis.

      • kismaytami

        Please use your head. Simply put it, if I will move 5 kilometers away from their noisy church, I’ll be near to other of the same church which may have more bells to bang probably for every hour.

        mr. edu gariguez just like you does not think.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TGSMKB6ZWYHH3GYXFHISXVSBHU Modesto

    shame on the catholic church.2012 is about to end in a few hour,and still these bunch of cbcp hypocrites are suggesting,and diplomatically telling all of us newyears celebrators,revelers not to use firecrackers near the church?they have still in their blood their dictatorial hangover from their devilish spanish friars predessessors.we educated filipinos should pray for them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AVMF52MK2ZW2XCZY5GFQLI72IY JOSHUA

    dapat nga sa loob ng simbahan magpaputok para lumayas mga demonyo dyan…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      TAMA DAPAT NGA SA LOOB NG SIMBAHAN NG LUMAYAS YUNG SATANAS JAN!!



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