Dagupan Archbishop Reacts to Church Neutratlity bout Good or Evil
Lingayan-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas believes that the Catholic Church cannot be ‘neutral’ when it comes to evil and good.
Villegas remarked in his homily that the abusers’ influence is only becoming stronger since some people refuse to take their side. When the church remains neutral in the face of persecution, Villegas believes it empowers the oppressors.
He also said that if the Church went neutral, it would appear as if it supported bad actions. You, he claims, are on the side of the bad guys because neutrality in the face of evil supports the bad guys.
“Kapag naririto ‘yung mamamatay-tao, at naririto ‘yung pinapatay, kapag neutral ka, kakampi ka ng mamamatay-tao. Because neutrality, in the face of murder, favors the murderer. Halimbawa, magnanakaw ka at tsaka isang ninakawan. Puwede ka bang neutral doon?” and Villegas.
“Hindi. Kapag neutral ka doon, pumapanig ka na doon sa magnanakaw. Sapagkat, the moral choice is to defend the victim. The moral choice is to defend human life. Dagdagan pa natin. Halimbawa, naririto ang sinungaling, naririto ‘yung troll, at nandidito ‘yung truth,” he added.
He also emphasized the need not to be impartial when it comes to troll farms and truth farms. Because being neutral there implies you’re not choosing the good. And the trolls are already there when you’re neutral there, which means one foot of yours. It’s already there in the deception.
The Church, according to Villegas, should always be nonpartisan, but it cannot be neutral when it comes to good or evil. It will be noted that the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines warned priests that when it came to running for office, they should be “nonpartisan.”
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