1. The typical Filipino Catholic is a hypocrite
Pope Francis has said a lot of things about the poor. Most of them run along the lines of “The poor are victims and we must help them”. But this Facebook thread regarding the vendors who were evicted as part of ‘beautification’ efforts for the Papal visit shows that the majority of the participants (presumably all Catholics) view the poor as ‘spoiled brats’, ‘criminals’, ‘eye sores’, and all other sorts of derogatory stereotypes.
While millions of Catholics would rather risk being crushed or trampled to death to touch a non-living object (a statute) as an expression of their religion, it seems they would rather go to hell than obey the Second Commandment: Love your neighbor as you would love yourself.
2. Filipino Catholic Churchmen are just like us: mortal, imperfect, biased, and some just hate typhoon Yolanda victims
“To comfort the victims of typhoon Yolanda” is one of the stated objectives of the Papal visit to the Philippines. Yet the Archdiocese of Palo (the division of the Catholic Church responsible for the province of Leyte) deliberately screened out members of ‘People Surge’, the ONLY organization of Yolanda victims, from any of the activities.
The reason is simple: the ‘Princes’ of the Church are mere mortals, just like the rest of us. They each have their own biases and other beliefs. Pope Francis is biased for the poor to the point where he has been called a Marxist (yet he says Marxists are not bad people per se). The bishops of Leyte, on the other hand, hate People Surge because they are perceived as Leftists.
3. Media is running out of crappy topics to disguise who the Pontiff really is
As an independent journalist friend pointed out, media coverage of the Papal Visit sucks. College newspapers could do a better job (with the exception of UST’s Varsitarian, of course), especially with regards to the select group of Filipino journalists in the Pope’s entourage.
I mean, Lynda Jumilla sucks. She could have passed a letter from the thousands of advocacies and organizations in the Philippines that could’ve used a little ‘Holy intervention’. Instead, she gave a sucky drawing from her children. Really?
Could it be that media is deathly afraid of Pope Francis and his views on labor? After all, he said “Let’s say with all our hearts: no worker without rights, no person without dignified labor“. This is not something the big TV networks would like to hear: GMA-7 and ABS-CBN both have recently terminated many employees for complaining about the companies’ anti-labor practices.
So instead, they hand out crappy shit to the Pope while distracting us with useless trivia about the churches where he will be saying Mass.
4. Pope Francis is a Terrorist
Contrary to what the government has told us, there is a terror threat during the Papal visit. But it’s not against the Pontiff: HE IS the terror threat. Against who? Why, the Aquino administration and the Philippine political system in general!
As the government’s “intelligence” agency said last December, it is afraid that communist rebels will try and get the sympathy of Pope Francis. Wait, “TRY”? Are they saying that there is a possibility or even probability?
But of course.
Imagine that someone gets to tell Francis the real state of the nation. Imagine if he tells Yolanda victims and taxpayers to “tie the corrupt to a rock and throw them to the sea” (hope Dinky Soliman knows how to swim). Imagine if he tells labor unions to aim for “no worker without rights”. Imagine if he tells the youth to rebel and to be revolutionaries (actually, he already did).
5. I was born an Atheist, Pope Francis made me a Catholic, and Filipinos pushed me back
For as long as I can remember, I hated having ‘Catholic’ in my birth certificate and other legal documents. It was forced on me before I was born. Then in grade school, we had religion class.
There were only two moments in life when I wasn’t ashamed of being Catholic: the first when I read about Liberation Theology, the second was when I saw a collection of quotes attributed to the Pope.
I was like “if this is the essence of Catholicism, boy, then sign me up for more!”
And then I saw the typical Filipino Catholic in action.