By: Elena Grace Flores
Philippines used to be a Catholic country and many believe that it did not change despite the lack of data – but many are lured into other forms of religion because of poverty and some corruption plus sex scandals by church officials themselves. Often, they do not practice what they preach and the Christian beatitudes are not manifested in the lives of their many followers. So who’s to blame for Duterte-related chaos vs Catholic groups when church leaders already urged their followers not to vote for Duterte but many of them still did – justifying his worst character in public?
Now that presumptive Rodrigo Duterte will be defying the Roman Catholic Church by imposing a three-child policy after calling the bishops “sons of whores”, Duterte-voting Catholics are in the limbo. Yes, many would again justify that Duterte’s policy is good for the overpopulation problem of the Philippines – but always, the end will not justify the means. Forceful and disrespectful ways are not ways of God as many believers knew.
Outrageous comments by Duterte made him so popular in a country who is hungry for change after the majority voted for the “less evil” as president in 2010. Now, they went for the one with the “evil” image justifying that it’s not his true self. They may be right but then again, the mouth that hurts people will always pull a good man down.
People are so judgmental when others don’t share their principles. This time, it’s the Pope already who says that many Marxists are good people so, you do not have to be a Roman Catholic to follow the examples of Jesus Christ – which is true. Pope Francis is indeed a character and he will speak his mind based on what his heart dictates. Read this:
Controversial practices in the Catholic church like divorcees cannot take communion have to be finalized yet after the cardinals present their recommendations to Pope Francis. This only proves to show that even if the Pope is a strong-willed person, he is fair in considering the inputs of his team members. This is already a good example not only for Catholics but also to all organizations religious or not.
Most people in the Philippines are always looking forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Despite the calamities experienced by Filipinos nowadays, Christmas is always in the horizon – giving hope to the hopeless and time to share anything to those who have nothing. This is why you can always put a smile on a Filipino’s face just by suggesting thoughts for Christmas. Here’s a detailed description of the Philippine Christmas tradition:
People in the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September! The formal Christmas celebrations start on 16th December when many people go the the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses. The last mass is on Christmas day. http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/philippines.shtml
This might be a once a year affair – but many are extending the festivities all throughout the season for the 3 Kings as mandated by the Catholic church. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, just keep in touch with your loved ones if they are away from home. After all, family is still the most important thing in life – with or without the financial sustainability!