Even after the seeds of the Catholic faith have been long since implanted in the Country, there was no “Catholic Vote” – or electing public officials according to the dictate of the local Catholic Hierarchy. Even after the Japanese regime plus the American Liberation, there was no “Catholic Vote.” In fact, to this writing – with the pending Bills endorsed by the present administration about population control, temporary and false marriages – there is no “Catholic Vote” in the Philippines though this is still populated by a big number of Filipinos professing the Catholic faith. This was the substance of a recent proud and loud pronouncement of someone often considered very wise and exceptionally nervous at the same time.
Thank God there is no “Catholic Vote.” Otherwise, the Catholic Church herself might be violating the constitutional provision on the separation of Church and State – one way of another. Otherwise, there would be confusion among the Filipinos themselves as citizens of the Philippines and as subscribers to the Catholic faith, at the same time.
Thank God there is no “Catholic Vote.” Otherwise the Catholic Church herself could be violating the consecrated principle of the freedom of worship which is nothing less than a basic human right. Far it is from the Catholic Church to avidly promote and strongly defend such a fundamental right while at the same time transgressing it.
Thank God there is no “Catholic Vote.” Otherwise, the Catholic Church would be involved in partisan politics which in turn could damage her sublime supernal finality. It is the nature of partisan politics to now and then assume superiority over what is right, proper and just – in favor of what is advantageous and/or profitable.
But just the same, without really knowing why and how, the realities of EDSA 1 and EDSA 2 could not but be closely associated with the Catholic faithful responding to the call of but one Church leader to join in some kind of two peaceful and wherefore bloodless revolts. In other words, there is no “Catholic Vote” but Catholics in particular have some kind of a sixth sense, telling them when to stand up and be counted – when confronted by serious unethical deeds and/or grave immoral acts on the part of their public officials – specially those they themselves elected.
One thing is certain: As this present administration and its proven allies seem to be more and more veering away from the ordinary dictates of reason and/or the standard norms of sound value system, so too more and more Filipinos are expressing dismay if not disgust at the national leadership and its close associates. The ground reality is that with or without any “Catholic Vote,” majority of Filipinos are well-capable of acting against a serious and continuous adverse socio-political situation.
Conclusion: With or without “Catholic Vote,” beware professional Politicos in the Philippines!