Thus thinks and speaks a leading national broadsheet about the antics of someone who precisely appears to have the haughty Spanish blood and flamboyant spirit of “Damaso”
running in his veins and invading his mind. Translation of the above perception and description of the character concerned: “Pitiful clown with nothing to do.” Someone who has nothing to do is bad enough as he is pathetic. Somebody who is a clown is both the source and object of jokes, of ridicule and laughter. This is also why clowns hide their faces and persons behind ridiculous make-up, exaggerated clothing and antics.
The current Damaso caricature is a good jumping board to bring to fore certain relevant as well as significant on-the-ground realities about the Church as an institution that has been operative on the imperatives of reason and the article of faith. It all began some two thousand years ago—and that Church is all around. She, yes “She” as a loving and caring mother, started local then went regional and has become truly global, long since. Not only her enemies but also her own members have repeatedly and earnestly attempted time and again to stop her, to ruin her, to make her disappear from the face of the earth. They are all gone and the church is still around.
Human history, for what it is worth and what its import is, has long since evidenced and affirmed the following more relevant and simple sound and solid truths about the church:
One, it is downright impossible to silence the church in proclaiming the objective truths about humanity and the world—in the here and now as well as hereafter and beyond. There must be thousands if not millions across the centuries, who attempted to muffle her, who earnestly tried to make her deaf, dumb and mute. But all of them are gone—silent and quiet—and the Church remains well and around.
Two, it is quixotic to fight the Church. Many in tenure of brute power and might already and repeatedly tried to down her, to do away with her, to make her disappear. But it is they who eventually failed to fight their own sickness and age. Yet, the Church remains well and round.
Three, it is a big exercise in futility for individuals and organizations, governments included, to tell the church what to think and say, what to do and refrain from doing. However, the time infallibly comes when it is the church that’s stands as a witness to their death and burial—while she remains still in teaching the truths she holds dear, in defending the norms and principles she considers good and proper, right and just. Again, the Church remains well and round.
OV CRUZ, JCD
1 April 2011