“Stop the culture of death, stand for life” – Bishop Pabillo

Stand up for life in times when culture of death has become normal.

This was the challenge of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo to the faithful as he contemplated on how the “culture of death” seems to have become acceptable today.

Speaking before the community of Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish in Pasay, Bishop Pabillo condemned any form of killings, oppression and violence which unfortunately have become “no longer news” as they have become an ordinary occurrences.

“Ang katotohanan ay: kamatayan ng iba ang paraan para magkaroon ng kaunlaran, kapayapaan at maayos na buhay – para sa atin. Ito ay nagiging kultura, nagiging pananaw at paniniwala, na naging tanggap na ng mga tao,” he said.

He also reaffirmed the position of the Catholic Church against the culture of death and urged everyone to uphold the culture of life.

“Sa clash o labanan ng kultura ngayon, siyempre, alam natin kung saan panig ang Simbahan. The Church and the believers in God are on the side of life because this is the side of God,” Bishop Pabillo stressed.

“Kaya maliwanag, mga kapatid, na tayo na mga tagasunod ni Kristo ay nasa culture of life. Ito ang paninindigan ng Diyos, ito ang ginawa ni Jesus, ito ang sinusulong ng mga apostol. So, we cannot just watch and stand on the sidelines as this struggle between life and death is happening before our very eyes,” he added.

The former Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila encouraged the faithful to stand, speak and act to promote the welfare of the people, especially the poor, oppressed and underprivileged as “we do our best to give people a dignified life.”

Recently appointed by the Holy Father as head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan, Bishop Pabillo has been the Auxiliary Bishop of Manila for 15 years and, for the past 16 months, has led the country’s premier metropolitan see as its officer-in-charge (administrator) especially during the worst times of the coronavirus outbreak in National Capital Region. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church | Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)


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