Running priest: Church must address scandals


SAN PABLO CITY—It’s reality and it hurts.

But even so, activist priest Robert Reyes said the scandal plaguing the Catholic Church is an issue that the clergy must not deal with “emotionally or sentimentally” but rather by studying and talking to the parties involved before any sanction is taken.

Although he called it “irrelevant” to the reproductive health (RH) law, Reyes said the “Team Tatay” is an ugly result of the “Team Patay/Team Buhay” fiasco that the Church itself had created.

“Team Tatay” started as a text message that named five Bacolod priests who had allegedly been unfaithful to their vow of celibacy by fathering children. It also discouraged the faithful from attending Masses celebrated by these priests.

The message started circulating last week as a response to the Team Patay/Team Buhay tarpaulins that the Bacolod diocese first hanged outside its cathedral. The Team Patay tarpaulin listed senatorial candidates and party-list groups who favored the RH legislation and asked voters not to support them in the May elections. On the other hand, the tarpaulins campaigned for support for the senatorial candidates, branded as members of Team Buhay, who rejected the RH law.

“I was talking to Risa (Hontiveros) and totally agreed with her. She was telling me: What happens to the children of these priests? To these women, who whether consented [to the act] or were victims [by the priests]? People will try to find out who they are and brand them,” Reyes said on the sidelines of a “prayer run” for clean politics held on Wednesday here.

He spoke to Hontiveros, a senatorial candidate on Team Patay, on the phone after leading a 3.5-kilometer run around Sampaloc Lake.

“Are they just collateral damages? No, they are persons equally affected by this ‘black and white’ thing,” Reyes said of the priests’ children and their mothers.

Reyes called Team Patay/Team Buhay as a “divisive campaign” of the church. “It’s as if you’re painting reality in black and white—we are prolife and you in ‘Team Patay’ are not,” he said.

“Those on Team Buhay are not even entirely clean. Some of them are guilty of crimes against life but in another aspect. [In that sense,] the church is coddling criminals,” he added, however, without naming names.

Those listed under Team Buhay were Joseph Victor Ejercito Estrada, Antonio Trillanes IV, Gregorio Honasan, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel and Cynthia Villar.

Reyes said he is not proabortion but supported the RH law for its provisions on women’s rights and health. “The RH [law] is not about death,” he said.

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  • Noel

    Sorry Bob. Scandals shall always stay like they were for centuries. For as long as we have activist priests like you, that’s fine.


    >>>“I was talking to Risa (Hontiveros) and totally agreed with her. She was telling me: What happens to the children of these priests? “<<<

    THEY will also become priests just as some are today. Worry not, as the enormous wealth of the RCCh comprised of smaller units of wealth of the men in white gowns will see all these "holey" offsprings through for generations to come. For so long as the hierarchy structure remains intact and strong, all systems go for the happy-go-lucky sanamagans in the name of you know what.

    • farmerpo

      ABS UrHonor is Alak Sugal Babae… salamat. Be happy.

      • UrHONOR

        Ha ha ha…salamat farmerpo…..nadagdagan na naman ang bilang ng bokabularyo ko!


    IF you stop running just for a second and do SOMETHING yourself directly like those Buddhist Monks doing self-immolation, MAYBE you can make a puissant impact that will immediately tug the attention of those concerned. After all, it’s all about doing things for thy neighbor, this honorable life on earth. Just a thought. :)

  • AlexanderAmproz

    The Philippines Clergy awful reputation didn’t help Tagle to become a Pope

  • doublecross

    team katok, dapat itawag dyan, dhl kulang sa pansin ang simbahan… much!

  • wawa2172

    Priest are human too, so if they became a member of Team Tatay then they have to leave their vocation as catholic priest who bowed to strict celibacy. Priest have weaknesses but the catholic doctrine dictates that priest should not be married or have sex with others. It would be a taboo if they broke the doctrine. Let us not condemned those priest who now belong to Team Tatay but they should but they should live the priesthood to abide with the church doctrine.

    • Pedro Mungkal

      If the priest cant do what was expected of him, its not his fault . . . he just needs to leave the church. The vow of celibacy is against the laws of nature. If you define life, you can see reproduction is the strongest predisposition of living organisms. It is natures way of making sure that a person . . or organisms genes are represented in future generations.

  • VicenteBoticol

    Catholic Bishops and Priests are the MOST IMMORAL SECTOR of the Philippine Society. Most of them are Homosexuals,Adulterers,Pedophiles,Child Molesters,Ivory Smugglers,Bank Scammers,Typhoon Fund Embezzlers,Tax Evaders and Great Pretenders. While very many Pinoys suffer abject poverty they ride around in expensive SUVs.While 70% of Filipinos have no decent houses these big-bellied and fat Bishops live in Mansions and Palaces. If Christ is alive today he would probably vomit in disgust.

  • virgoyap

    Mahiyain ang mga Pinoy. This sexual scandal within the Church is happening in the entire Philippines but because we are by nature “mahiyain” plus the cover-ups done by many Bishops most of these are being kept secret.

  • TheHappyAgnostic

    habemus jocus … lol

  • just_anotherperson

    The Church must discipline these scandalous priests who lead the faithful away from the correct teachings of the church.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    tumigil kana sa pag takbo bigyan nalang ng condom ang mga obispo para maiwasan ang bata sa kalye!

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    May mga pari na maka NPA. Di alam ng mga Filipino. Katulad ni.Riza Hontiveros laging laban sa America pero yung pagpasok sa Scarborough Shoal ay wala namang sinasabi. Kahit yata sakupin o giyerahin ng China ang Pilipinas okey lang di sila nagra rally. Kung talagang magaling at matapang yang mga cost oriented group bakit yung contractualization sa mga pabrika ay di nila malabanan? Hoy! Riza ang gagaling nyong magrally pag sa pulitika pero yung makakatulong sa mahihirap di nyo magawa. Sila yung laging may ipinaglalaban pero pampulitika lang . Wag mong kakalabanin si Aquino nadyan na idedemonize ka ng mga COST oriented group.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Alinnnn si Riza Hontiveros? Akala mo laging may ipinaglalaban. Pero kung susuriin mo ang laban nina Hontiveros ay para sa Aquino lang. Akala mo para sa bayan yung mga rally nila. HINDE! Ang mganlaban nila ay para sa mga Aquino lang. Kaya nga milyon milyon ang perang bigay ng mga Aquino sisyers noon kina Riza.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Pag di sina Aquino nada pwesto panay rally nina Riza , may ipinaglalaban daw. Pero once na naupo na sa pwesto ay.Aquino aba! tahimiiiiik ang COST oriented walang rally. Laban para sa bayan o laban para sa mga Aquino? syempre ang bansa walang milyon milyon na bigay kina Riza pero sina Aquino milyon milyon ang bigay kaya ang laban nila ay para kay Aquino.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Itong si Father Reyes ano ba naitutulong nito sa mahihirap? Puro pulitika lang pinakikialaman. Kung talagang fighter kayo tulad din ng mga Cause oriented group bakit di nyo labanan ang contractualism sa mga pabrika? yung mgs kapitalistang Taga China na konti lang magpasweldo?

    • Chibert Jala

      wag kang atat ngiping dilaw, kasalukuyan palang siyang nasa novitiate enclosure ng franciscan, kapag natapos ang enclosure, ipagpapatuloy na niya ulit ang kanyang mga ipinaglalaban… ikaw? bukod sa magcomment dito sa inquirer? anu pa ang nagawa mo sa lipunan? nasa novitiate enclosure ka rin ba?

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