Skip to main content

The Disestablishment of the Philippine Catholic Church

Dr Rizal got shot for espousing it. Plaridel died of pthsis in Hong Kong in the struggle for this, but it seems that we are now seeing the disestablishing of the Philippine Catholic Church. Por Dios por Santo, my Masonic abuelos (their padres were involved in Republic Filipina) would have never imagined it would be so soon! (They expected it after 1000 years!)

An Established Church is one that has state patronage. Perhaps the most famous Established Church is that of England. The Church of England is the State Church. The Queen is its Supreme Governor. But in 21st century Cool Britannia, the idea of an Established Church is at best barmy. Those who defend the idea are tolerated as daft. This Church is having its decennial Lambeth Conference and the whole church is split on Gay bishops and women bishops! Rowan of Canterbury is an apt icon for the barmy bit!

The Philippines legally had an Established Church. But the 1898 Treaty of Paris did away with that for a cool 20 million dollars. The framers of the Malolos charter voted to do away with that too. But that was legalese. The Established Church remained de facto established until today. Why would the President of the Republic give the Church a say in the spending of VAT money? She should be honest and just let the bishops sit in the Senate as Senators Spiritual!

But the problem of having an established church is this. In the Middle Ages, it regualrly sent non-conformists to the stake. Much laeter it became corrupt and in the case of the Church of England, it has become an anachronism. The Philippine Church has consorted with corruption despite Vatican II and with the birth control bill brouhaha in Congress, it is fast becoming an anachronism.

So we have the bishops threaten denial of the sacraments. But the politicians who sponsored the bill are unfazed. Good on them. This threat by the bishops is to put it mildly, barmy.

It would do the Church a lot of good if it is disestablished. Jesus Christ never aspired for political power (even if He was entitled to it!). Christ never had nice words to say about political clerics. Remember "whitewashed tombs"?

The Church once disestablished can concentrate on the most important charism it has, charity.

But the reason why the bishops are hysterical is because they don't want to give up power associated by being Established!

The Established Church is the last remnant of colonial oppression. The Independientes have always maintained that even if the Philippine Catholic Church are headed by Filipinos, it is not free. Despite Vatican entreaties, the Independent Church refused to rejoin Rome. Frankie Sionil-Jose aptly says that fellow Filipinos can colonially oppress us.

The disestablished Catholic Church will not be a bit player in the nation. It has contributed to the nation's identity. In fact it would be good since people are likely to seriously listen to it.

Now what would the ecclesiatical landscape look like when the Church is disestablished? My fearless predictions. Under the next pope, Petrus Romanus, a new diocese will be erected in northern Quezon City (thus cutting out the politically meddlesome Diocese of Cubao). This diocese will be called the Diocese of Diliman and Loyola Heights with its cathedra in that UFO of a church in Diliman or that Camp Big Falcon like monstrosity in the Loyola Heights campus.

The first bishop will be of course the Running Priest, after being exiled in China ala Teilhard de Chardin, he would be more meditative now. As Running Bishop he will lead the most liberal Catholic diocese in the country, notwithstanding the sneaky attempts of the Work to establish study centers in the Loyola Heights campus.

Petrus Romanus, a bleeding heart liberal he is, names the Bishop of Diliman and Loyola as his first Cardinal. So we have the Running Cardinal. And living up to his appellation, he runs for Pope in the conclave and gets elected as the Running Pope SUCCEEDING PETRUS ROMANUS!

Oh My God!
Madre de Dios!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

President Manuel Luis Quezon's Code of Ethics

Being a denizen of Kyusi, in honour of the man who gave my city its name and for being the most colourful prez the Philippines ever had, I have the pleasure to post Manuel L Quezon's Code of Ethics on his birthday. Let us profit from the wisdom of the Kastila.

1. Have Faith in the Divine Providence that guides the destinies of men and nations.

2. Love your country for it is the home of your people, the seat of your affection and the source of your happiness and well-being. It's defense is your primary duty. Be ready to sacrifice and die for it if necessary.

3. Respect the Constitution which is the expression of your sovereign will. The government is your government. It has been established for your safety and welfare. Obey the laws and see that they are observed by all and that public officials comply with their duties.

4. Pay your taxes willingly and promptly. Citizenship implies not only rights but obligations.

5. Safeguard the purity of suffrage and abide by the decisions of the…

Simoun's lamp has been lit, finally.. not by one but by the many!

"So often have we been haunted by the spectre of subversion which, with some fostering, has come to be a positive and real being, whose very name steals our serenity and makes us commit the greatest blunders... If before the reality, instead of changing the fear of one is increased, and the confusion of the other is exacerbated, then they must be left in the hands of time..."
Dr Jose Rizal "To the Filipino People and their Government"
Jose Rizal dominates the Luneta, which is sacred to the Philippine nation as a place of martyrdom. And many perhaps all of those executed in the Luneta, with the exception of the three Filipino secular priests martyred in 1872, have read Rizal's El Filibusterismo. Dr Rizal's second novel is a darker and more sinister one that its prequel but has much significance across the century and more after it was published for it preaches the need for revolution with caveats,  which are when the time is right and who will instigate it.

Flame trees in bloom

The hottest summer courtesy of El Nino in at least 10 years gave runners and walkers in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus a visual treat. This year the flame trees Delonix regia are in full bloom!
In past summers it wasn't as hot and dry so the trees did not shed their leaves and few blooms were produced.
It is the tropical version of the Japanese Hanami or the Cherry blossom viewing season. While Hanami tells us the fragile impermanence of beauty, the flame tree hanami tells us that summer burns but soon it will all be over.