A retired Roman Catholic bishop has backed out of leading the Mass to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the first people power revolution at the Our Lady of Peace Shrine on EDSA apparently after learning that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might attend the event.
A church insider who requested anonymity said retired Bishop Francisco Claver of Bontoc-Lagawe has dropped the invitation for him to lead the noon Mass at the EDSA Shrine Monday when told that Mrs Arroyo would be coming.
“The bishop was scheduled to say Mass but backed out when told Mrs Arroyo might come,” the source said in a telephone interview.
Asked to comment, Claver, reached by telephone, refused to say why he dropped the invitation.
I hope the other bishops will follow our kailiyan’s example and likewise shun Gloria. For too long the bishops have hemmed and hawed while the nation burned.
The country would have moved forward if the CBCP supported the calls for Gloria’s impeachment the first time allegations of her cheating surfaced in 2005. Back then, the bishops turned out to be a bunch of fence sitters. It’s not surprising that Gloria got bolder and more corrupt. As the cliche goes, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men/women to do nothing.”
That’s exactly what the CBCP has been doing. It sat idly by while Gloria and her cronies mocked us with their corrupt ways. There were, of course, some bishops who were vocal about their criticisms of the current regime. Thank God for that.
Anyways, let’s hope that more bishops will follow Bishop Claver and finally say no to Gloria. They should stop being her tools.