Priest rejects communion for NegOcc execs

By Marty Go, ABS-CBN News Negros

Posted at Jun 09 2014 11:46 AM | Updated as of Jun 09 2014 07:46 PM

MANILA -- A priest in Murcia, Negros Occidental said in his homily on Sunday that he and his assistant priest will no longer give the sacraments to local officials who earlier passed a resolution seeking their replacement.

Father Greg Patiño said during his mass at the Immaculate Conception Parish that since these officials "rejected" them as their priests, they will also exercise their power not to give them the sacraments.

The Sangguniang Bayan of Murcia passed a resolution last June 2 asking Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra to replace Fr. Patiño and Fr. Agustin Hinayan, the parochial vicar.

The council accused the priests of using the pulpit to attack them for their supposed inaction over the town's drug and gambling problems.

Mayor Andrew Montelibano already met with Bishop Navarra last week to discuss the conflict.

During the meeting, Navarra told Montelibano that he will look into the matter but asked the mayor and the rest of the local officials to refrain from giving public statements regarding the issue.

Patiño also refused to comment further on his controversial homily because he has also been ordered by the bishop not to issue further statements anymore.

Montelibano, in response to the homily, said Patiño cannot refuse to give them the sacraments because it would violate their mandate as priests.