Catholic bishops appear to have totally lost their moral moorings as they virtually exculpated Gloria Arroyo and her government from blame on the rampant corruption and instead put the blame on the Filipino people for the moral decay in society.
They also placed the blame on the media for the “darkness” that we live with today, saying Filipinos are “a people almost without hope,” seeing darkness everywhere, adding the many problems we have today are “simply rumors, fears, suspicions, imagined wrongs” and as these rumors, imagined wrongs, suspicions and fears are reported in the newspapers, the people believe these imaginary problems to be true and factual. All these were stated in the bishops’ pastoral statement issued Monday.
This is truly an amazing pastoral statement from the bishops who claim to be the country’s moral guides.
Simply rumors, suspicions and imagined wrongs in this government and society, they say? Were the “Hello Garci” conversations caught on tape detailing the cheating operations of the presidential polls of 2004 which even included abductions of election officers who were not willing to engage in cheating, an imagined problem and a rumor?
Read the whole thing. I don't trust the CBCP. When the issue of Hello Garci election fraud first surfaced, the CBCP immediately came out with a pastoral letter saying that they were not asking for Arroyo's resignation, and that they would not support another edsa power grab, but would prefer "constitutional means" like impeachment. A lot of people including members of the opposition were skeptical that impeachment will work, but went along anyway.
Guess what? A year later, Bait and switch. When the anti-Arroyo movement moved to impeach arroyo, the CBCP came out with another pastoral statement, this time saying they will not support Arroyo's impeachment.
These are the same people too that supported the unconstitutional Calibrated Pre-emptive Response (CPR) rule at the height of Hello Garci.
So whenever i hear bishops pontificating na "we are all corrupt", or "everybody cheats anyway", matawa ka na lang.