Friday, June 29, 2018

A doctor asks Archbishop Villegas, who is he referring to when he says “they”?

Dr. Ethel Pineda and Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Image credit to Facebook and Google photos

On June 11, 2018, Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines Archbishop Socrates Villegas started denouncing the death of Father Richmond Nilo, another priest who was recently murdered. With no one to blame and the opinions of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the Catholic Church going rampant, Villegas started demanding Duterte “to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church”.

Nothing would’ve been wrong here but the problem is that Villegas is passive-aggressively targeting the President. For example, a statement by Villegas which states that,

“They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.”

Many supporters of Duterte ask about who Villegas meant by “they” whenever Villegas releases statements like these after one of their own is murdered. One of those supporters is Doctor Ethel Pineda who wrote openly to the said Arch Bishop.

She asked what many Duterte supporters did and then followed by affirming if this is the government that he is speaking of.

And if it were Pineda respects that but Villegas should’ve just done that directly and presented evidence to support his claim that Duterte ordered the heads of multiple priests.

It seems like the Catholic Church, once again, is siding the Opposition. It just disturbs Pineda that the Archbishop would use one of its own dead fellow holy men in order to destroy the Duterte’s name.

With the sentiments conveyed, Pineda left the church with bible verses that teach one a lesson about diligence. God himself commanded his believers to obey the government and its leaders.

Then she went out on a limb, and probably read alot on the bible, stated that the Catholic Church has no immunity to taxation. A bible verse even states that they are actually obligated to pay taxes.

You can refer to Ethel Pineda’s full Facebook post below:

“They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.”

Who are “they,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas?

Do you mean this government? Why don’t you say it outright, instead of couching your assertions in pronouns? Why don’t you, so you can provide the people proof that it is the government doing the killing, if you are so sure of that. Innuendos do not build a case. They mislead. Something that a true shepherd will not do to his flock.

Do you know who killed the priests? Do tell us, because we, too, want to see the face of the “outrageously evil” murderers. Tell the police. Help bring them to justice. That is your civic duty.

It is very disturbing and plainly disappointing that the Catholic Church chooses to side with the forces that conspire and scheme to bring down the duly-elected president who enjoys unprecedented popular support.

Archbishop Villegas. Isn’t this what the Bible says?

“Every person must obey the leaders of the land. There is no power given but from God, and all leaders are allowed by God. 2 The person who does not obey the leaders of the land is working against what God has done. Anyone who does that will be punished.

3 Those who do right do not have to be afraid of the leaders. Those who do wrong are afraid of them. Do you want to be free from fear of them? Then do what is right. You will be respected instead. 4 Leaders are God’s servants to help you. If you do wrong, you should be afraid. They have the power to punish you. They work for God. They do what God wants done to those who do wrong.

5 You must obey the leaders of the land, not only to keep from God’s anger, but so your own heart will have peace.”

Romans 13.

But wait, there’s more!

Romans 13:6 says something that’s tailor made for you.
“6 It is right for you to pay taxes because the leaders of the land are servants for God who care for these things. 7 Pay taxes to whom taxes are to be paid. ”


Not only do you have to obey the president you disdain. You have to pay taxes, too.

For the Bible tells us so.

The death of Father Nilo has become a national news and even some senator wants to investigate the crime because they believe that there’s some “pattern” between the death of the priest and the verbal attacks of President Duterte against the Catholic Church.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police already arrested the suspect behind Father Nilo’s murder, who’s identified as Adell Roll Milan.

Milan was identified as a former drug user and hitman.

However, some critics of the government believe that Milan is only a fall guy and urged the opposition politician to dig deeper into the case.

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