MANILA, Philippines - Catholic bishops are sending their prayers for the eternal repose of Dolphy, with one bishop calling on God to appoint the Philippines' comedy king as a court jester in heaven.
“We pray for the repose of his soul. His death reminds us that there is an end to our life. It is important that we discover and develop the talents the Lord had given us for the service of others and thank Him,” said Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco in a report from CBCP News.
Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said Dolphy was an inspiration to Filipinos.
“We thank God for the gift of Dolphy who served the country with his more than 2009 films, making all kinds of viewers cry and laugh through their shared experiences in life. He was a classic entertainer. May he rest in peace,” he said.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said: “I and many of my clergy are saddened by the death of the comedy king. We pray that the Lord will bring him soon to His kingdom and appoint Dolphy as His court jester to make heaven a merrier state."
“May Dolphy find true happiness in God’s house, our home,” added Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.
Dolphy once earned the ire of the Catholic Church, with the latter complaining over the comedy flick "Fr. Jejemon."
They had asked the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board to delete scenes, which supposedly were offensive to the Catholic faith. In one scene, Dolphy the priest accidentally dropped a host into a woman’s cleavage.