Palace on pastoral letter: CBCP ‘out of touch’, Filipinos feel reign of peace, not terror

  • Presidential spokesperson lashed out at CBCP for stinging pastoral letter on drug killings
  • He said Church officials out of touch with faithful who are supportive of anti-drug drive
  • He also told them to be more productive by helping Filipinos build strong moral character

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace scored the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines for its pastoral letter on the spate of drug killings; saying Church officials have become detached from the sentiments of the faithful.

In his response, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the CBCP’s condemnation do not coincide with the sentiments of the majority who support the administration’s war on drugs.

“The officials of the CBCP are apparently out of touch with the sentiments of the faithful who overwhelmingly support the changes in the Philippines – turning the nation into a safer place for families, working people, especially young night shift workers, far from the ‘terror’ the bishops paint rather dramatically,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying.

Abella added that the CBCP, instead of condemning, should instead help out by helping build strong moral character in the faithful to steer them from a life of crime.

“The efforts of these Church leaders might be put to better use in practical catechetics that build strong moral character among the faithful, and so contribute more to the reign of peace felt by ordinary citizens everywhere, especially those who are innocent of illegal activities,” he said.

In the strongly-worded pastoral letter, the CBCP condemned the killing of drug suspects; saying it was not the correct way of addressing the problem.

“A good purpose is not a justification for using evil means,” the CBCP said. “If we neglect the drug addicts and pushers, we have become part of the drug problem. If we consent or allow the killing of suspected drug addicts, we shall also be responsible for their deaths.”