Archbishop Villegas’ Lenten message exploits God for politics - Tiglao
Manila Times writer Rigoberto Tiglao slams Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ Lenten message for apparently muddling religion with politics.
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Tiglao discussed how Villegas’ wrote the story of Edgar Marobato and Arthur Lascañas, two testifiers who claimed President Rodrigo Duterte is involved with the Davao Death Squad (DDS), “like a telenovela writer” by adding narratives of the two testifiers’ conversations with God or how God saved them.
Tiglao cited an example of Villegas’ narrative: “He did not give up. He returned to his knees and sobbed tears of shame and guilt. He heard a voice again ‘Do you love me? Feed my people. Feed them the food of truth. Set my people free. I will wait,’ the Lord assured Art.”
To this, Tiglao retorted that “Villegas makes up things to portray Matobato and Lascañas as encountering God after going through their “dark nights of the soul” and repented. I very strongly suspect that Villegas plagiarized from some Catholic book on some saint…”
Lenten messages are supposed to contain “transcendental ideas” that discussed people’s morality, identity, and relationship with God, however Tiglao asserted that Villegas “degrades this commemoration” of God by using it for politics in order to sway people into going against Duterte.
Tiglao even cited Pope Francis and other archbishops from around the world who gave Lenten messages without “referring to a current event”, which brings the questions “why, for God’s sake, did Villegas do this?”
Tiglao says it is for “vainglory” which means excessive pride in one’s self. Villegas is assuming the role of Cardinal Sin who was a hero back during the EDSA People Power.
However, Tiglao asserts that with this motive in mind, “truth—and Lenten messages—are the casualties in such ambition and in such plots.”
Archbishop Villegas’ Lenten message exploits God for politics - Tiglao Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on March 28, 2017 Rating: