A church that remains at the sidelines in the quest for truth, in the promotion of justice, in defense of human dignity, is irrelevant. A church that pretends to be blind, deaf and dumb to public lying, cheating and stealing is a party to moral disorder and social corruption. People who appropriate public funds, misuse public office and abuse the general public, simply love a church— religious and sects— that see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing and do nothing.
Verticalist creeds and practices are much welcome in a country where the government is suspect and blamed for many misdeeds. Such verticalist faiths and observances are only preoccupied with what heaven promises, with neither interest nor concern with what happens on earth. Provided their members feel good with themselves, it is not important if their neighbors are oppressed, maltreated, hopeless.
The CBCP did not altogether say “No!” to Charter Change. It only said that the process being pushed, hurried up and funded is unacceptable to sound reason and ethical norms. The CBCP cited three primary factors for its 7 April 2006 pastoral statement.
One: It strongly appears that the so called “People’s Initiative” is in reality a government move. This is why the alleged initiative is basically led, handled and promoted by local government people from the national, the provincial and down to the barangay levels.
Two: It definitely appears that not a few of those who signed their endorsement of the Charter Change, either did not really know what their signatures meant, or were not even aware of what the issue was all about.
Three: It readily appears that the fundamental finality in the designed Charter Change is more the perpetuation of those now in power than the common good of the country as a whole, notwithstanding many and repeated claims to the contrary.
No wonder wherefore that the CBCP made the expressed call for the Filipinos to think, pray and act—to be vigilant, be informed of the real Cha-cha issues, and to take appropriate action under the norm of principled opposition if so needed.
11 April 2006