THE CRISIS OF FAITH IN THE CHURCH TODAY: Responses

My post is not an attack on the President-elect, but rather a challenge to our brethren, especially the leaders, to see if they truly understand what their Catholic faith is about. Anyway, the responses also give me an opportunity to educate our brethren further about authentic Christian principles.
 

The voice of the people is the voice of God

This proverb is often quoted, but the meaning of the actual original usage is the exact opposite of what is now being advanced. It is taken out of context. This was part of a letter from Alcuin to Charlemagne in 798, which reads as follows:

“Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.” English translation: And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
And of course there is the crowd who screamed “Crucify him.”
 
Do not be judgmental
It is not being judgmental if we merely state what the person strongly avers about himself. It is just being factual, if we are to take the person’s own words and pronouncements and claims as factual.
 
God allowed it to happen
God did indeed allow it to happen, but it does not mean it is in accordance with God’s desire. God’s desire can be thwarted by our wrong choices, such as when Adam and Eve sinned and thus lost paradise, or when today people sin grievously and lose the salvation already won for them by Jesus on the cross.
 
Only he who is without sin should cast the stone
All of us indeed are sinners, and I am not casting a stone against him. I just point out what he openly and proudly says about himself. Even then, my post is not so much about him as it is about our brethren.
 
We need an iron hand to discipline the nation
Yes we do need discipline, and perhaps an iron hand is needed. But we already know what happened with Marcos. Anyway, this is not about discipline of citizens but about discipleship of God’s people.
 
What about drugs, corruption, etc.?
These are the severe problems our nation faces. They cannot be solved simply by man’s strength or wisdom, but only by the righteousness of a nation, by which God blesses that nation.
 
Why not give him a chance?
Yes certainly he should be given a chance to do good for the nation.
 
Give to Ceasar what is to Ceasar
If this means separation of Church and state, there is no such thing. While a nation’s governance is certainly left to the state, the Church should speak out on the morality of such governance, such as speaking out against corruption.
 
So the head of the CBCP is more than God?
The CBCP head is a holy man who is a committed servant of God. He is but an instrument of God. But when he speaks prophetically, the people of God should listen, as they would be listening to God.
 
Let us stop dividing ourselves further
Unity is of great value, but unity can only truly happen in Christ, in converted hearts and minds, in mutual respect, in being merciful. Apart from the mind and heart of Christ, people will always be divided.
 
Instead of condeming him, let go of our bitterness
There is no bitterness here. And there is no condemnation. There is simply instruction for the flock of God.
 
I can’t believe that in the Year of Mercy we condemn and don’t give a chance for people to change
Everyone can change for the better. It is why we love our enemies, because they are also children of God and have potential for good. It is not condemnation to speak about what might be wrong. Correction, which is a very positive act, is premised on recognizing the wrong.
 
Who is perfect during these times?
Only God is perfect. But we who are imperfect are also called to perfection, as the heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48). This starts with recognizing the wrong we do and striving for positive change.
 
Why do we always look at the bad side of a person?
Citing what is wrong with how a person talks or acts is not always looking at the bad side of the person. Considering the bad side is the necessary premise to looking to change for the good.
 
Why didn’t the community take a stand against him?
We normally do not engage in partisan politics. So why write this now? This is addressed not to the President-elect but to our CFC-FFL brethren, intended for them to think about what their action truly means, in the light of our faith.
Instead of causing further conflict by bemoaning the choice of our brethren let us instead pray.
Indeed there is no intent to cause conflict, and indeed we should now unite behind the duly-elected President, and pray for him. This is not about bemoaning but about instructing our brethren on the essence of our faith. This is not about politics but has to do with divine wisdom and pastoral prudence.
Saul became a Paul
That is something we hope for. But would we have supported and cheered on Saul as he was arresting Christians? Or did the proper support and acceptance come when he became Paul?
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This comment is worth considering: “Why are many Catholics get so freaking mad and so defensive when people point out some not so good behavior about their candidate even if the candidate already admitted it himself? But I don’t see the same passion when the Pope, the church and God himself were being insulted by the same candidate. Saan ba talaga loyalty natin, kay God or sa tao?”
The election of a President is not the most pressing issue facing us, considering the assault on faith, family and life. We need to live Christ, to grow in holiness unto the Lord. This affects every aspect of our life, including politics.
I am supportive of and pray for our President-elect. May this Saul indeed turn into a Paul, for the good of our beloved nation.
Frank Padilla
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)