Seems like all the screeching about “tyranny”, “dictatorship” and abuse of “human rights” have for so long been directed at the wrong people and the wrong institutions. Right within Filipinos’ midst is an even more insidious tyranny — one that has renmained disguised under a persona of righteousness that conceals a dark power that has perfected the art of hanging on to power.
The Roman Catholic Church, in fact, is an antithesis of modern liberal democracy on many many counts. Its earthly lieutenants in the Philippines, the so-called Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), are modern-day princes in the real sense. They rule on the basis of a “divine mandate” like medieval royalty. They see their word as exempt from critical scrutiny and, as such, disseminate that word with utter impunity devoid of any semblance of accountability. They live by a set of non-negotiable laws that is regarded as above human challenge and, as such, infallible.
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The genius behind the Church, however, is that it manages to be tyrannical while attracting devotion from its flock. This accounts for its 2000-year persistence as a political force. There is no need to run and publish popularity or approval surveys to determine whether the Church remains relevant or retains its right to govern — because its mandate to rule over Filipinos is absolute and its flock adore their own subjugation to this rule. Pure genius.
Want to spread “fake news”? Simple. Draft it, get a Cardinal to sign it, then read it out as a “pastoral letter” during a Sunday Mass. It’s as easy as posting a Facebook note — except that you’ve got a captured audience (which includes minors) who are effectively emotionally-blackmailed into believing your every word.
So when so-called Filipino “activists” (many of whom are Yellowtards), on one hand, protest the temporary restraining order (TRO) currently in place against the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) and, on another, follow the lead of the CBCP in organising “anti-tyranny” protest rallies against the Philippine government, they should first step back and give themselves a consistency check.
The shadowy group behind the TRO that paralyses the implementation of the RPRH and effectively puts a freeze on the procurement of artificial contraceptives for Filipinos calls themselves the “Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc.” (ALFI). According to their About page the ALFI is “committed to uphold, protect and promote the dignity of Life, the sacredness of Marriage, and the solidarity of Family, in accordance with the natural law.” Note that in their official statements on their website, there is a noticeable omission of any association with the Roman Catholic Church or the CBCP.
But is the ALFI truly a secular organisation not affiliated with the Church? In a statement published on the Inquirer in 2015 signed by their “Board of Trustees”, the ALFI asserted that their crusade against the implementation of the reproductive health law in the Philippines is “not about religion” and that they “advance no religious arguments.” Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that in January of this year, the CBCP “conferred its highest award, the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, to pro-life lawyer Maria Concepcion Noche”. This, of course, is mere circumstantial evidence that the ALFI is no more than a mere CBCP vassal but, hey, just saying, right?
It is clear that the CBCP and the goody-two-shoes minions like the ALFI that follow it are a bunch of dishonest people, though, to be fair, they are just being consistent with such a character as they had been exhibiting over two millennia of tyrannical rule.
Yet despite this bald dishonesty and the routine insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people that they deliver in shovel loads, Yellowtards are quick to latch on to the CBCP whenever their bullshittery aligns with their political agendas. Indeed, a “healing walk” followed by a “healing mass” on the 5th of November called by the CBCP was quickly responded to by a who’s-who of Yellowtard “thought leaders” and various groups “critical” of the Philippine Government’s “war on drugs”…
“I am inviting you and the communities with you to participate in the second phase of this period of praying for the victims of extrajudicial killings. We will start on November 5 until December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,” Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement on Thursday.
Villegas said there will be a mass at the Edsa Shrine on November 5, at 3 p.m.
“This 33 day period will prepare us to make our act of consecration to the Immaculate Mother. We will call this 33-day period as the time to ‘Start the Healing,’” he said.
“Within this 33-day period, we are requested to pray the rosary and receive Holy Communion, if possible every day, for the healing of our bleeding nation and for the peace of the souls of all those killed,” Villegas added.
Yes, seriously. Recall that the Catholic Church derives its power from the “fear of God” it encourages its flock to harbour every minute of their lives. Specifically this fear is of the “eternal damnation” one will suffer if the “requests” of God’s earthly lieutenants are not heeded.
Tyrannical. Dishonest. Filipinos have got their “activism” all wrong.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.