Bacolod rector: ‘Team Patay’ list unchristian

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SENATORIAL candidate Juan Edgardo Angara, who heads a list of candidates spurned by the Bacolod Diocese, campaigns in Quezon province. DELFIN MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

BACOLOD CITY—A member of the clergy here will not follow the example set by other Church leaders in putting up the controversial Team Patay-Team Buhay tarpaulin, saying it is “unchristian” to malign people.

Msgr. Victorino Rivas, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and judicial vicar of the Diocese of Bacolod, said it was also a violation of the canon law to name candidates whom the Church favors or opposes.

But Rivas clarified that he still opposed  the reproductive health (RH) law as shown by red flags flown at  the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which is also known as Redemptorist Church, in Bacolod City.

But he said he believed it was “unchristian and offensive” to tag candidates who supported the RH law as members of Team Patay.

“As a priest, I am sensitive about maligning people,” Rivas said.

“As Christians, we must denounce what is wrong, but the person believed to be erring still has the right to be respected, heard and given human dignity, as stated in the Second Vatican Council’s  Declaration on Religious Freedom,” he said.

Rivas said under the canon law, the Church should not name candidates to support or reject because it is tantamount to taking part in partisan politics.

Rivas has a doctorate in canon law and is also the president of Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Bacolod City.

The monsignor also said the Church needed to heed the law over the controversial tarpaulin in front of San Sebastian Cathedral which the Commission on Elections ordered removed for being an oversized election material.

Rivas said other priests in the diocese of Bacolod shared his position.

He said he was not opposing Bishop Vicente Navarra of the Bacolod Diocese but merely expressing his personal views.

Senatorial candidates Juan Edgardo Angara, Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Teddy Casiño and Jack Enrile, and party-list groups Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Akbayan and Anak Pawis  are on the Team Patay list.

Senatorial candidates Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada, Antonio Trillanes, Gregorio Honasan, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel and Cynthia Villar are on the Team Buhay list.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUVIB7CSAPFSTHQRONK7F2C6NU jay

    That’s more like it, I shared the Rector’s view about it. If Mr. Navarra believes that those who favor the RH bill erred then so be it, They may have erred on their judgement but to tagged them to be the only ones who belong to Team Patay as if the other candidates are the only ones who are pro-life and never had killed or have hurt others physically,

  • Anqui

    You are very wise SIR…you know very well that your group have much to loss, because there are many of you who could be on the list “TEAM TATAY”!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/francis.pope.775 Francis Pope

      also on Team PEDO…

  • ARIKUTIK

    Senators are makers of law that will be IMPOSED to all citizens. The church can never ever impose anything on the faithful. But to inform the citizens who are the creators of Evil law is solemn duty of the church.

    Post the “Team Patay” with out fear for the killers (patay) of yet to be born babies are Evil lawmaker.

    A divided church worship Not One God. Is there a commandment for a certain Catholic church then different on another Catholic church ? A divided house will fall. Let all Catholic church display the names of Evil law makers as “Team Patay”.

    • Craulokau

      To arikutik, you are the most ignorant and dumbest man I’ve known for arguing with a law that I will exactly work for what you believe for, pro poor, pro life and pro God, ang babaw mo talaga.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Hey Rivas, you opposed RH law but do not want to do anything about it ! Flying a red flag is good enough ? That is the dumbest statement i have ever heard. To inform the citizens who are the makers of Evil Law is unchristian ???.. Those names in “Team Patay” had endorsed RH law, it is the truth and to be true is Christian way of life. RH law is anti-humanity and to defend humanity is Christian task.
    Rivas, are you in fear of the power of men that you now become defense lawyer of powerful “Team Patay” candidates ? Citing your canon law interpretation to shield Evil creatures. The trapaulin, “Team Patay” never malign the candidates but an information to all who are the proud creatures that enacted the RH law.

    Rivas fears men and have no faith on the power of his God. Go and pray instead of defending evil creatures.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

      why any problem if he is for team patay,wake up bro

      • ARIKUTIK

        Bro, I’m wide awake, kaya nga naga blog kay hindi pa ina antok. I got no problem with Rivas, he is a priest that thinks like a creature with out faith in God. My message is for the others.

    • http://twitter.com/Ompdccezs Cezs

      Msgr. Rivas just practices what he preaches and that leaving to God the rest of whatever struggle a christian undertakes is christian. Catholic history shows that the church leaders instigated the faithfuls to take in their hands so many undertakings which only resulted in infamy such as the crusade, inquisition, methods of conquest of the Philippines, and other controversial decisions such as taking the position of “silence or inactivity” during the Nazi onslaught against the Jews in the 1930’s and 1940’s. For the faithfuls.- expression of beliefs must be accompanied with solemn prayers. I agree and support the view of Msgr. Rivas.

      I remember a story during EDSA II when the leaders of various organizations were planning their course of actions so as to hasten the downfall of the Erap regime,. Jaime Cardinal Sin was present and was watching the process,. When the leaders seemed to finished their planning and about to adjourn, Cardinal Sin spoke and asked the leaders and I paraphrase: Shall we leave something for God to do? Everyone seemed to realize what was missing. .

      . .

      .

    • ordinaryo

      saba diha!

  • ARIKUTIK

    Rivas, will you run away when confronted by men ? Don’t you have faith on the power of your God? A church that fears men is not church of God. All the faithful will run away too.
    The devil will be laughing out loud because Rivas the catholic priest kneels on the devils throne.

    • ordinaryo

      AriGutok, topak yan galing sa droga. hindi yan talino. Maghilamos ka nalang baka sakaling kumalma pa isip mong gutok.

    • juanpedro de jose

      Ang TANGA MO NAMAN!… ilan pa ba kayo sa inyo?…

    • http://www.facebook.com/francis.pope.775 Francis Pope

      Tumahimik ka Arikutikm The devil laughing –hehe what a twisted mind, There is no way you can prove this.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Rivas blahber about single “Team Patay” trapolin pasted in church wall as un-Christian but never mention a word about Cardinal Sin who lead an unworthy revolt against intelligent patriotic pres. Marcos. It proves that Rivas main concern is the tag “Team Tatay” posted by the devil. Rivas the priest trembled in fear at the sight of devils design that he immediately kneel for forgiveness and even offered his services as defense lawyer of the devil, citing his own interpretation of Canon law.

        The faithful heard Rivas and scratch their hair thinking “How come my priest kowtowed to the devils ?” …. Wah D’ Pak ! this church is not of God but of men like Rivas,…eewwwwwww….

        The devil who posted “Team Tatay” jumps with joy laughing out loud upon hearing priest Rivas castigating his own church.

  • patrickinca

    May natitirang katoliko pala na ganyan. akala ko ay belief ng mga katoliko na ok lang mambastos ng tao basta sa ngalan ng simbahan.

  • mikerocky

    Kudos Msgr. Rivas for standing up for the truth. A lot of Catholics are confused with some of their leaders and are contemplating to do a “Manny Pacquiao.” The question is, if it is in the Canon Law that supporting and/or maligning a political candidate is not allowed, why is this being brought out only now? After a “Team Tatay” has even sprung from this bruhaha. But lets just forgive, for all the participants in this event shall have their recompense whether we believe it or not.

  • samarutan

    two thumbs up for Fr. Rivas!

  • tarikan

    “He (Msgr. Victorino Rivas) said he was not opposing Bishop Vicente Navarra of the Bacolod Diocese but merely expressing his personal views. Any which way you want it Msgr. it’s good to say it in his (Bishop Navarra’s) face. Para matauhan naman. Akala sya laang lagi ang tama.

  • Lance

    ” I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute — where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote — where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference — and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.” JFK’s speech on separation of church and state

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