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Atty. Bruce V. Rivera on Thursday expressed his sentiment towards the reaction of CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in response to Ferdinand Marcos burial in LNMB.
Bishop Villegas said that burial of Marcos in LNMB is 'an insult to the EDSA spirit.'
Atty. Rivera couldn't help himself and lambasted the Bishop for meddling in the affairs of the government.
He enumerated his reasons why the church should not interfere in that matter because he said in the first place, 'it does not in any way make Marcos a hero. Neither is Ninoy or Cory a martyr.'
He said he respect them but that doesn't mean they have to meddle in government affair unless want to put to a vote what religion we should be in.
Lastly, Atty. Bruce leaves a message to his readers.
"I love God but it does not mean I am going to blindly love the Church."Read the full statement of Atty. Rivera:
NOW LET ME REACT
I respect the CBCP but please for the love of God do not meddle in the affairs of the state. Let me tell you why.
First, allowing the burial in the LNMB does not in any way make Marcos a hero. Neither is Ninoy or Cory a martyr. Stop putting words in our mouths.
Second, the insult to the spirit of EDSA was not committed today. The insult to EDSA were two Aquino presidency that was not able to recover the hidden wealth, convict any of the Marcoses and made sure that FM does not get a shot at a burial in the LNMB. The Marcoses had already made it known it wants FM to be buried there. It was not a surprise. Legislation should have sealed the deal.
Third, since we are on the topic of justice, let me ask which is more important at this point? Justice or forgiveness? You tell us to forgive a drug pusher, a child molester, a plunderer but you also tell us that there is must be justice for the victims of Martial Law. What is justice for us then? Letting a dead man get his peace by being buried in a place which our laws allow him to be buried or by letting his preserved remains continue to haunt us, divide us and be the symbol of an era many wants to move on from. Marcos has long died. If there is judgment after we have passed as you taught us, should have Marcos been judged by God then? So by insisting on justice for a man that has long died, is the CBCP not sure if Marcos got the judgment in God's eyes?
I have respect for priest and the clergy. But when it comes to affairs of the state, leave it to where it should be, to those running the government. Unless you would want to put to a vote what religion we should be in.
I love God but it does not mean I am going to blindly love the Church.
Bruce Villafuerte Rivera
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