A Day of Penance

August 25, 2011 at 1:00 am 4 comments

Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Photo from Wikipilipinas

His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila has declared August 26 as a “Day of Penance.” At first, I thought it’s related to the recent controversy regarding members of the Catholic hierarchy who were caught accepting money from gambling proceeds courtesy of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office even though the Church publicly condemns any form of gambling. Nut no, it’s intended to atone for “the sins committed against God’s majesty” when the Cultural Center of the Philippines allowed an art exhibit deemed offensive to Christendom. I haven’t seen it but the exhibit purportedly included an image of Jesus with a wooden penis glued on His face.

Cardinal Rosales has considered the art exhibit as a “public sin.” As the country’s highest ranking church official, he has the right to speak his mind on moral grounds. If I have a beef with the Cardinal, however, it’s his selective moral outrage. I don’t know about you, but I think the “sacrilegious and blasphemous” art exhibit pales in comparison to the transgressions committed by the clergy and public officials against the Filipino people, the majority of whom, are Catholics.

Where was his Eminence when the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies made the philippines as one of the most corrupt countries in the world through massive graft and corruption and cheating in the elections? He remained quiet and looked the other way. For instance, when whistleblower Jun Lozada sought his support in the ZTE-NBN scandal incriminating the former president and her husband, Cardinal Rosales was reported to have dismissed him with the words, “Truth and lie are the same. They’re icing on the cake. What’s important is the cake.”

According to the news, Cardinal Rosales has also issued a directive that the “day of penance” be preceded by a “prayer of reparation” recited in all masses held from August 21 to 28 in the Archdiocese of Manila.

“As Church, we will kneel before our loving God to pray and seek reparation for this public sin,” he said.

What could be more repugnant to “God’s majesty” than the hypocrisy of Cardinal Rosales and those who have taken the holy vows to represent Him on earth? They have become the modern Pharisees that Jesus condemned in His lifetime. I could only wonder how Jesus feels seeing them in their rich and colorful vestments kneel before his half-naked image and then living in the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Indeed, I doubt if he could even recognize the church that they built in His name.

Incidentally, August 26 also marks the 103rd birtday of the late Rufino J. Cardinal Santos. I guess it’ll be more fitting to honor his memory on this day than respond to his successor’s dumb call for a “Day of Penance.” After all, Cardinal Santos was one of the heroes of the 1986 People Power that toppled the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JK  |  August 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    It is obvious that you are not a Catholic. Any Catholic or Christian would be offended by this trash masquerading as Art.

    • 2. plaridel  |  August 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm


      photo from the-social-pariah.blogspot.com

      after googling the internet, i finally saw the controversial art work. personally, i find it disgusting as well. i don’t get it. but we live in a democracy. the artist has the right to express himself. to deny him that right is to put a limit on human evolution. for it’s the artist who sees the light first and leads us out of the darkness. without artists like him, we’d still be living in the dark ages.

      this mideo cruz may truly be a bad artist, but i believe any kind of censorship is like spraying pesticides on a farm. it has the tendency to kill both the good and the bad bugs indiscriminately.

  • 3. COSMIC GLITCH  |  August 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

    At least, interesting si His Eminence. ^_^

    • 4. plaridel  |  August 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

      cosmic glitch:

      to a certain extent, i guess you’re right. 🙂 it appeared that his call was a dud, though. it didn’t generate as much interest as his eminence had expected.


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