The Fight Has Just Started XXX: Of Padre Damaso and other things

Mr Rabid-apologist-for-RH is at it again! In his Sounding Board commentary “Of Padre Damaso and other things” in today’s Inquirer, Fr Joaquan Bernas goes out of his way to once again not so subtly take a dig at bishops as Padre Damasos. He says Celdran “is being punished for religious speech. I thought that this kind of offense already disappeared after the events of 1902.” One primary goal of global RH forces is to denigrate the Church hierarchy so as to weaken the Church or even destroy her. They do this every chance they get, and often twist facts and tell half-truths or outright lies in doing so. Fr Bernas is getting very adept at this.

 

Fr Bernas suggests that perhaps Article 133, on which Celdran was convicted, “violates freedom of expression ….” Another goal of global RH forces is to give free rein to homosexual bigots and liberal media in saying whatever they want to say, under the cover of freedom of speech. We have already seen how this was invoked by Ateneo pro-RH professors in publicly supporting the RH bill, and the Ateneo administration did not even give them a slap on the wrist because they did not want to violate freedom of speech. But of course, pro-RH forces only want this as one-sided. When pro-lifers want to exercise their freedom of speech and criticize say homosexuality, it is labeled “hate speech” and more and more this is being criminalized through hate-speech laws.

 

Fr Bernas finally says, “Article 133 also raises an intriguing question: When a priest or bishop castigates or consigns to the netherworld those who oppose the RH Law in a sermon …., should he be penalized by the State or canonically censured for offending religious feelings?” First, it is not just about feelings. Celdran can say anything he wants, but his act was criminal because it was inside the Cathedral and he disrupted a religious ceremony. Second, a priest or bishop should indeed speak out openly and strongly against evils such as the RH bill/Law. That is their task, to speak prophetically and as pastors in order to redeem the flock. Third, as the RH tsunami of evil continues, we can indeed expect that clerics and laypeople will be penalized by the State, as more and more laws are passed to restrict and assault religious freedom.

 

May I humbly suggest to our Church hierarchy to castigate Fr Bernas. Otherwise his continuing pro-RH actions and actuations might consign him to the netherworld.

 

God bless the Philippines!

 

frank

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)