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Palace: CBCP ‘out of touch’ with sentiments of faithful

Put your efforts to better use, Abella tells Church leaders
By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 02:25 PM February 05, 2017
Bishop Joel Z. Baylon announced during Sunday Mass the ringing of church bells in Albay province every night at 9 p.m. as a signal to the faithful to pray for an end to extrajudicial killings in President Duterte’s war on drugs. The head of the Diocese of Legazpi announced his call for “Prayers at Nine” in a letter to Mr. Duterte that was read in 45 churches throughout the province a day after the President repeated his vow to execute drug addicts, In this file photo, Catholic devotees flock to a church in Camalig, Albay province. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA Inquirer Southern Luzon.

In this file photo, Catholic devotees flock to a church in Camalig, Albay province. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA Inquirer Southern Luzon.

Malacañang has turned the tables on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calling the clergy “out of touch” with the concerns of Filipino Catholics after the bishops described President Duterte’s war on drugs a “reign of terror.”

Reacting to the pastoral letter issued by the CBCP on Sunday, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella told the bishops to just put their time and efforts “to better use.”

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He claimed the changes ushered in by the Duterte administration transformed the country “into a safer place for families, working people, especially young night shift workers, far from the ‘terror’ the bishops paint rather dramatically.”

“The officials of the (CBCP) are apparently out of touch with the sentiments of the faithful who overwhelmingly support the changes in the Philippines,” Abella said.

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“The efforts of these Church leaders might be put to better use in practical catechetics that build strong moral character among the faithful, and so contribute more to the reign of peace felt by ordinary citizens everywhere, especially those who are innocent of illegal activities,” he added.

In a strongly-worded pastoral letter, the CBCP said the government has no right to take one’s life and that “we cannot correct a wrong by doing another wrong.”

READ: CBCP: Illegal drugs, summary killings are wrong

“This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does not lie in the killing of suspected drug users and pushers,” CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said.

“A good purpose is not a justification for using evil means,” he stressed. “If we neglect the drug addicts and pushers, we have become part of the drug problem. If we consent or allow the killing of suspected drug addicts, we shall also be responsible for their deaths.” JE/rga

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