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CBCP official: Leave betting approval to the laity

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AN OFFICIAL of the Philippine Conference of Catholic Bishops (CBCP) on Saturday, February 19, 2022, advised other clergy to leave the endorsement of candidates for the upcoming state and local elections to the laity.

In a radio interview, the executive secretary of CBCP’s public affairs committee, Fr. Jerome Secillano said priests and nuns should avoid making public endorsements of particular candidates.

“Choices of priests and bishops should just remain private,” Secillano said.

“Let’s leave the public approval of candidates to the laity,” he added.

The priest said it was because the Church had a specific set of teachings and pleas that could possibly contradict the tenets of their candidates.

“The Church may be compromised in such cases because it will appear that the candidate supported by the former opposes these Church teachings,” Secillano said.

Instead of making public endorsements, he said it would be better if the clergy were deeply engaged in the discernment process.

“During circles of discernment, let’s just champion pro-people candidates who are sensible and accountable in running government,” Secillano said.

The call came on the heels of Vice President Leni Robredo’s endorsement by the “Pari Madre Misyonero Para Kay Leni” group of hundreds of Filipino priests, nuns, religious brothers and deacons.

It also came after the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Laity Council of the Philippines) endorsed Robredo’s presidential candidacy. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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