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Yesterday, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a statement denouncing the prevalence of Political Dynasties in the country. They argued that the political and economic monopoly of these few clans is highly detrimental to the functioning of democracy. This statement was welcomed by many. The most progressive among the candidates for senator right now, Teddy Casino, lauded the CBCP for this.
But the situation is far from ideal. Priests in this country are usually very friendly with their local politicians. Who is it that donates most in the church coffers, if not these very rich and entrenched provincial elite? It is rare that you hear them criticizing this or that particular political clan. If the Church is really true to its word, then it should have supported those liberation theology priests which they have summarily kicked out of the priesthood. Those are the guys that are the real progressive faction within the Church. Over all, the Church is an outdated and offensive institution. It has been a vanguard of stupidity and feudal relations in this country. Sure, some church workers may be enlightened in their ways, but most protect and uphold the traditions of unjust hierarchy. Politics and religion are the twin intertwined pythons that have been strangling this nation since birth. karaangtawo Jan 31, 2013