Filipinos are blinded by religion. They might talk the talk and walk the walk but that only applies to themselves and within the family. Outside of that sphere eg. the evironment, other filipinos Gods rules don’t apply.
Corruption flourishes, Tax avoidance, scamming tourists and people including themselves, killing each other – all flourishes in a country claiming it honours God and its teachings.
So when will we see an investigation into religious establishments in the Philippines? Many countries overseas are investigating religious groups eg. Catholic church for the money flows, sexual abuse and coverups especially of paedophile priests. Do you think it only happens in the US, UK, Canada, Australia etc or would it be happening in the Philippines.
The church has too much power in the Philippines and abuses that power. They even used church money to fight for the reproductive health bill.
I have been following the Royal Commission enquiries in Australia. The Sydney Catholic Dioscese is a billion dollar empire. They have a large real estate portfolio (as all around the world) which would be the envy of any manager. They pay no rates for these properties most of which sit there unused.
“The Royal Commission just reported the Archdiocese of Sydney’s assets are $1.2 billion and it makes hundreds of millions in profit a year and pays no tax or capital gains tax”.
I remember living next to various churches and on Sunday mornings being woken at 5:30am to speakers being placed outside the church loudly broadcasting the mass. To make matters worse, these empty headed, religiously abused nutters would walk past my place at 4:30am with loudhailers and singing.
Absolutely no respect. Listen to the cars tooting at 4:30am – like ZERO respect for peoples sleep.
The church refuses to embrace equality, both internally and move forward the theoligical development into modern times, adopting modern concepts especially thar of gender equality. I don’t know about democracy within the church but it doesn’t seem that democratic – its all men!
Religious groups, catholic, chistian, muslims condemn homosexuals and homsexuality as sinful defining them as disordered even if they are acting in a mutually loving, monogamous relationship.
These groups largely deny women th ability to use modern technology and medicine to control their fertility, even though Pope Francis told us this year that we no longer “need to breed like rabbits.” They used parishner money to fight to the highest courts in the Philippines against the governments birth control measures.
Divorce is illegal in the Philippines. Another fucked up church edict. Divorce basically is the churches way of saying people they have failed as Christians – even if the marriage was abusive or if their spouse was cheating on them – and denies them access to the sacraments. Cheating is a common thing in the Philippines as is lying and abusing another persons trust.
Priests are no doubt appointed without any consultation and moved around parishes. Bishops and Cardinals are appointed with no consultation of the people. Have you ever tried to consult with a filipino anyway? The church also thinks having celibate (how do we know?) male priests and bishops will tell us the proper role about sexuality and relationships, or what it is to be a good parent and run a proper family and address childs needs. What the fuck? They have no experience to direct appropriately. Supposedly being celebate means they have ZERO experience to direct guidance on sexual and family relationships.
Its obvious that the church tells women they are not capable of representing Jesus Christ in the role of a priest.
Filipinos are blinded by an outdated institution that doesnt embrace modernity, outdated theology, structures and rules.
Its all about maintaining the assets, the properties, getting in more money, building the parish.
In one word – ITS A BUSINESS.
What about the way the Filipinos treat children? Not very well. When theres a major conference of overseas delegates the children are rounded up and taken to other parts of the country.
And one word on how the Churches see Children and clamping down on rogues in the service. Think about how our church’s rules – enforced celibacy, lack of transparency, secretive processes, no accountability to the people in the pews
In Australia – Archbishop Hart was widely criticised after his appearance at the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse when he replied to a question about why it took the church 18 years to ask the Vatican to defrock paedophile Desmond Gannon: ”Better late than never.” Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/church-dumps-rebel-priest-20130920-2u5jp.html#ixzz3udr37eCk
YEP… better late than never. I would say the system of religious organisations in the Philippines would be cut with the same cloth. But investigating them … never gonna happen in the Philippines. Abuse in the church… the answer will be Filipino style …. say nothing, let it go away, lock it out, turn it away… everything and anything but dealing with problems.
Remember, as Jesus says in Matthew 7:5, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of another’s eye.
Religious establishments in the Philippines have a lot of logs to take out before they can say they are providing good guidance to the people of the Philippines.Published in