doubt, we, your bishops and priests have our own shares of failures and shortcomings as well.” This is an admission and it should feel right. The only thing I dislike in this sentence is putting the words “like the leaders and members of any other human institution...” I believe the Church is not like any other institution.
On illegal drugs, the CBCP clarified, “we are not against the government’s efforts to fight illegal drugs. It was when we started hearing of mostly poor people being brutally murdered o mere suspicion of being smalltime drug users and peddlers while the big time smugglers and drug lords went scot-free, that we started wondering about the direction this ‘drug war’ was taking. We have a solemn duty to defend our flock.”
The dignity of human being teaches that “no human being in this world deserves to be treated as “nonhuman.” On the lowering of age for criminal liability, “Children who get involved in crimes especially those being used do not deserve to be treated as criminals; they are victims that need to be rescued. We beg our country’s legislators to give the bills they are drafting some serious thinking...” It is clear the Church disagrees lowering the age of criminal liability.
To conclude, the statement says that “As members of God’s flock, we must learn to be brave, to stick together, and look after one another. This is the moment to be strong, wise, committed and a teaching moment to relearn what it means to be a Catholic Christian at this time. The tone of the letter, in my view, is like a mother telling her children to calm down and think like Mary taking all the words to herself, pondering over them.
The faithful are enjoined to pray and be calm in the midst of criticisms and attacks even though they pierce the heart. No hate, revenge, retaliation or whatsoever. Keep silent and pray.
The Church has spoken. Let it be heard and obeyed by the faithful for the peace of humankind and for the glory of God.---Sherwin