In the midst of the criticisms that the church receives, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee Executive Secretary Jerome Secillano emphasized in an interview how Filipinos particularly Catholics should remember the sacrifices of those who fought for the country’s freedom.
Commemorating the greatness of these heroes who fought for the country’s independence has been the focus of the CBCP Official’s message as the country marks the 121st Anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2019, Wednesday.
Revisiting the Past
Fr. Secillano also recalled how the Philippine Church through Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora (GOMBURZA) has also been part of the said fight for freedom.
“Without revising history, churchmen, in the person of Frs. Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora should remind us that the Philippine Church was also in the thick of the fight for our country’s independence,” said Fr. Secillano.
The GOMBURZA as Catholic priests fought for freedom but were tagged as masterminds of a revolt against the Spanish government. The Cavite Mutiny led to the public execution of the three Filipino priests on February 17, 1872 at Bagumbayan which had an immense effect and inspired many Filipinos to also battle for independence like Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero.
The Blames on Catholic Church
As the country faces a number of adversities, the CBCP official also expressed his thoughts especially on those that concern the church. In the interview, Fr. Secillano acknowledged but was saddened by the reality that both the names of the church and Christianity were being dragged by the misfortunes that are happening in the country today.
Fr. Secillano said that “It is, therefore, lamentable that the church and the Christian religion should be blamed for the ills besetting our country today.” He then added that the blaming are misleading and at the same time a misreading of the nation’s fate.
A Message to the Leaders
Meanwhile, the CBCP official did not forget to give a message to the country’s leaders. In his message, he pointed out how the leaders can be more responsible in doing their part for the nation and better serve the country and the Filipinos.
He said, “Our country’s leaders should better ask themselves how they can better utilize the power and financial resources entrusted to them by the Filipino people.”