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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One Response 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

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