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An honest request

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ
Pitik-Bulag

 

Let me share my private conversations with someone–a concerned follower of my Facebook postings.

THE REQUEST: “Father, please stay away from politics.”

“Good morning, Father Willy, I just want to voice out my thoughts and feelings, for it bothers me when I see your latest posts about politics. You are so blessed with wisdom. I hope and pray, please stay away from politics. You cannot serve two masters: God and politics. I was in EDSA Revolution in 1986. I was one of those who fought for freedom, but that was already two decades ago. We are ending the Year of Mercy. We have talked about forgiveness, but your meddling with political issues is so confusing. It Christmas season, let’s forget about the past and forgive each other. I’m praying for you. Please stay away from politics.” – A concerned Catholic

MY HONEST REPLY: “It’s not all about politics.”

I’m so sorry that I disappointed you and some of my Facebook followers for openly joining the protest against the burial of former President Marcos in LNMB. As an ordained priest, it is my moral obligation to express my thoughts, especially if the issues involved are moral concerns, the desecration of truth, senseless violence, evil plots, and injustice. God wants His Church to defend the truth, uphold God’s moral precepts, and resist wrong doings.

Don’t worry, I don’t intend to join the world of politics, nor give unsolicited advice to our leaders on how to run the country. It’s their duty. Not mine. Aside from our country’s frustrating political issues, I have other things in mind that deserve my attention. But as vanguard of morality, it is the Church’s duty to remind our leaders to rule our country fairly and honestly. Thus, it is my duty to voice out and remind our leaders not to transgress our moral laws.

Remember prophet Nathan? He personally visited King David to warn and reprimand him for his grave sin of taking Batsheba as his wife. Nathan said to David, “Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife. Through Nathan’s reprimand, David recognized his grave sin and quickly repented, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’; (2 Samuel 11 – 12).
Remember John the Baptist? He reprimanded Herod for taking Herodias, his brother’s wife, as his wife. “Now Herod the tetrarch had been rebuked by John because he had married his brother’s wife Herodias and because of all of the other evil things Herod had done.” (Luke 3:19).

In simple words, the role of the Church in our society – is to be the active voice of God to our leaders and His people, to be vigilant that no one violates the law of God and the law of the land. When the Church condemns immoral leaders, it is not all about politics, it is all about defending morality, truth, and justice.
When the Church sees immoral acts in the society, Church leaders cannot simply be silent and pray for the victims of injustices, senseless violence, summary killings, abuse of human rights, and lies. Our faith compels us to return to the streets, speak out, and stand for the truth. Genuine prayer will disturb our hearts to engage and resist any forms of evil schemes and injustices.

Forgiveness is not the issue here. God commanded us to forgive anyone who ask for forgiveness, provided the person admits his faults and repents. But where is the Marcos family’s humble admittance of their faults? I remember a story of how Satan complained to God why He forgives everyone else too quickly and why he wasn’t. God answered him, “Did you ask for forgiveness?”

I cannot be silent when enemies of the truth attempt to revise our history, tweak the facts, and disrespect the truth. The Church cannot allow anyone, who are experts in distorting the truth and spreading lies, to make immoral acts correct and justifiable, and then tell us that they are not accountable for any injustice done in the past. By burying a non-hero in LNMB, we are allowing them to tell the present and future generations that the EDSA Revolution in 1986 was a big mistake, and Martial Law atrocities were justified.

The Church will not rest until justice is given to the countless Filipinos who died fighting for truth and freedom. As for myself, I will keep on writing to educate our young generations, to remind them of their connections with our unsung heroes who fought for our country, and to resist evil schemes in our fragile society.
I will keep on writing, not just to lead people to prayer but to lead them in fighting against anyone who dares destroy our Christian and Filipino core values.

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