ROME - Controversial healing priest Father Fernando Suarez did not mince words when he said some of the country's elected officials are hypocrites living in a high state of greediness and pride.
While not mentioning names, Fr. Suarez challenged those in power to be true to their Catholic faith.
"Sana magpakatotoo na tayo sa ating pananampalataya, kung ikaw ay katoliko, isabuhay natin ang pagiging Katoliko. Enough of hypocrisy," Fr. Suarez said.
During an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, Fr. Suarez stressed the need for a healing culture and spiritual renewal.
Behind the camera, Fr. Suarez wants solons allegedly involved in serious graft cases to resign.
Fr. Suarez has been a faith healer for almost 30 years. He discovered his healing powers when he was just 15 years old.
He said he would never stop healing the sick despite recent criticisms.
Fr. Suarez believes Pope John Paul II serves as a strong influence in his healing prowess.
"Sabihin na natin sa aking pagkatao, sa aking pagka-pari, malaki ang influence ni John Paul II sa kanyang pagiging banal, sa kanyang mga book, sa kanyang teachings na sa aking ministry ay pinipilit kong isabuhay," he said.
Sunday's canonization is indeed meaningful and fulfilling for Fr. Suarez.
It's overwhelming and inspiring to think, he said, that the two popes—John Paul II and John XXIII--who will be declared saints, actually lived during this generation.
He said this only shows they are normal people, and any good-hearted Catholic who practices good values can also reach that rare status.