BACOLOD, Dec. 12, 2016 – As Congress swiftly moves to resurrect the death penalty, the Diocese of Bacolod is calling on all the faithful to express their opposition to the “culture of death” and to uphold the “culture of life” through a “Prayer Rally for Life” in the afternoon of Dec. 12, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the unborn and of the defenders of human life.
Opening with a procession at the Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine, the prayer rally will proceed to the Bacolod Public Plaza.
Bacolod Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, D.D. will celebrate a Mass and deliver his message at the plaza.
Delegations from Catholic schools and parishes are also expected to join the procession.
Death penalty is like ‘moving backward’
Even as the newly-installed Bishop of Bacolod, Buzon already declared in August that bringing back the death penalty is ironic because “We (Church and society) have become mature” in terms of respecting life, even of those who have committed heinous crimes.
The prelate added, “Bringing back death penalty is like moving backward”.
Recently, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Justice Committee of the House of Representatives approved the re-imposition of capital punishment for heinous crimes, one of the priority bills of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Helping end ‘modern-day human sacrifices’
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is closely connected to the pro-life cause as the history of the evangelization in Mexico shows.
At that time, Aztec Indians practised human sacrifice. There are widespread accounts of natives cutting out their victims’ hearts or placing victims’ heads on poles.
The Aztecs believed that the gods were out to destroy the people and can only be appeased by the shedding of blood.
The image of Our Lady, given to St. Juan Diego, shows Mary pregnant with Jesus. This image proclaimed “Emmanuel” (God is with us), a God who took on human nature.
Some nine million Aztecs were converted to Jesus Christ because of the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)