MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appealed to parents to examine how they are raising their kids in a culture of corruption.
He cited, for example, the practice of bribing kids so they would obey commands. "That is bribery. That is already corruption.”
He stressed, "We should also ask, ‘Where is the Filipino culture going with our system of rewards, punishments and communal values?’"
Tagle and other church leaders also called on politicians implicated in the pork barrel scam to examine their conscience in the wake of several big developments in the scandal.
Speaking in a press conference for the International Eucharistic Congress in the Archbishop's residence in Manila, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo called for the revelation of the truth.
"We should [seek] the whole truth and we pray that all those implicated will have an examination of conscience," Quevedo said.
He said the call for truth and conscience is for all Filipinos, not just for the politicians involved.
Tagle also echoed an earlier statement of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines urging the public not to condemn those implicated in the pork barrel scandal.
He said the discussion of the issue should be examined in a wider context of Filipino life and culture.
In an earlier statement, CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas emphasized the need for "authorities to observe total commitment to the human rights of the accused" and those who have been charged to "deal with the full force of the law."
"We embrace all who have wronged society as our brothers and sisters and continue to pray, that as God's people, we may all walk the path of conversion and renewal,” he added.