Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:32
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry…” (1 Corinthians 10:14, the Holy Bible).
WILL OFFICIALS HEED ADMONITIONS OF FRANCIS? Will officials of the Aquino government heed the admonition given by Pope Francis against corruption, scandalous social inequality, and ostentatious display of wealth and lavish lifestyle amid the poverty and great suffering of Filipinos, now that his official visit to the Philippines is ended?
For listeners of “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, a program which airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., at DZEC, 1062 kHz, in Metro Manila and worldwide at www.eaglenews.ph, no, Aquino’s officials won’t heed the admonition of the Pope. The program’s listeners jeered that corruption and abuse would continue among the officials, and that the only way for them to stop is to have them removed from their posts.
FILIPINOS TO GO BACK TO THEIR “OLD” WAYS AFTER FRANCIS VISIT: On the other hand, will Filipinos become more godly and spiritual as a result of their five-day exposure to the presence and exhortations of Francis? My perception is that no substantial or beneficial change will descend upon our countrymen in the days to come.
I am sure, with due respect, that most Filipinos would go back to their old godless and selfish ways, even just after the Pope’s plane has taken off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to bring him back to Rome. The discipline and cooperation which many showed in lining up streets and attending masses and meetings officiated by the Pope is an aberration, and is not the general rule.
If the truth be told, Filipinos thronged to the places where Francis went, not because they wanted to listen to his homilies or to his advices, but because they wanted to see, even if only fleetingly, a famous personality, a star material. In other words, it was not their faith in God that drew Filipinos to Francis, but their desire to come up close to idolize somebody so popular.
JOHN PAUL II VISIT DID NOT REALLY CHANGE PINOYS THEN: This was what happened in the two instances that Saint John Paul II visited the Philippines. When John Paul II was here, he was the subject of much adulation by millions of Filipinos who, like what they have done now in the case of Francis, compared him, John Paul II, to Jesus himself.
Yet, as soon as John Paul’s shadow left Philippine soil, the adulation and jubilation vanished into nothingness. The world then witnessed how Filipinos returned to their worldly ways, to their selfish character, and to their having a faith that is manifested only through their lips and not in their heart—which is a faith detested by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, no less—and a faith that is not anchored on His Word.
FRANCIS VISIT PROPEL’S TAGLE’S CHANCES AS NEXT POPE: And if we are to assess now who really benefited from this visit of Pope Francis to our country, my perception is that, it is Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle who benefited most. For, during the last five days of Francis’ presence in the Philippines, the world witnessed Tagle’s effective leadership of the Catholics here, propelling him as a highly viable contender as the next Catholic Pope!
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