MANILA, Philippines - Re-elected Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas yesterday warned politicians not to use sacred items in their political schemes.
Villegas, who won a fresh two-year mandate after the 111th CBCP plenary assembly over the weekend, said that it would be incorrect to utilize sacred items in order to achieve secular goals.
“If we speak of separation of Church and State, there should also be a distinction between what is sacred and what is secular. So if your intention is a purely secular motive, I beg of you to use secular means to pursue your secular purposes,” said Villegas.
He added, “Do not use the sacred in order to pursue your secular motives because your abuse and misuse will boomerang on you.”
Just last week there were reports in social media on the items supposedly distributed by Vice President Jejomar Binay to residents on a recent trip to Ormoc City in Leyte.
The pictures showed a wooden rosary-like bracelet with a letter “B” placed in the middle of a cross-shaped pendant.
Some netizens questioned the use of rosaries by the Binay camp since these are considered religious items.
But the camp of Binay immediately denied handing out rosaries, saying they were only giving away bracelets.
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