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Boodle fight

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Catholic priests join militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno in a boodle fight symbolizing the unity between workers and the Church at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday, Labor Day.



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2 Responses to Boodle fight

  1. I have a number of difficulties with this. Though I have discovered that the term ‘boodle fight’ has a specific meaning in the Philippines – I’ve never heard the term used in any English-speaking country – the activitiy seems to me to show disrespect to food, a basic gift from God, by eating like animals. The term ‘boodle fight’ itself is at least confusing, if not downright disrespectful.

    In this context the photo suggests a grave disrespect for the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. The priests are still vested, which suggests that the Bread of Life, which they had received only a few minutes before, is somehow lacking. Do they wear vestments when they eat in their conventos?

    And is this event yet another instance of the Mass being used, as it so often is in the Philippines, for political ends? We had the scandal last year of frequent Masses in the Supreme Court by bishops and priests, in a very political and partisan context.

    Fr Sean Coyle, Bacolod City (currently visiting Ireland).

    Fr Sean Coyle
    May 11, 2013 at 3:00 am

    • Hi Fr. Sean, it is quite harsh to hear that Filipinos who practice this tradition eat “like animals.” Of course there is respect over the sentiment regarding the Holy Eucharist and food being gift from God. However, I believe that a certain manner of consuming food does not violate its purpose of nourishing our bodies and does not degrade the humans practicing such into animals. Even Jesus was criticized for allowing His disciples to eat without washing their hands. I guess the essence is the holy tradition and the thanksgiving or grace muttered before each meal not the way the meal is consumed.

      July 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm

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