MANILA, Oct. 29, 2014—A Catholic priest says the results of a recent proprietary study tagging the Church as the Philippines’ “most trusted institution” is not surprising at all because the Church has always communicated hope.
“…The church is seen as a communicator of hope. She not only preaches about it but does something concrete like building homes, providing scholarship and livelihood, and organizing the poor in pursuit of their rights,” said Fr.Jerome R. Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA)
According to the priest, “when people feel hopeless and helpless, they count on God and see the Church as their sanctuary.”
“In the Church, people see an ally who would take up the cudgels for them,” the priest stressed in an interview Tueday, Oct. 28.
Secillano, who also heads the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro in Sampaloc, Manila, remarked that the Church is seen as an institution that “assails corruption, injustice and oppression”.
“These are issues that adversely affect the majority of Filipinos, and to have an institution that sides with them, gives them a voice that is heard, and that stings the powers that be in our government [is good],” he explained.
While the priest admits there are some who frown upon the Church’s “meddling” in the secular sphere, few doubt her divine origin.
“The trust the Church enjoys is maybe due to the religious nature of Filipinos. Even if there are faithful who are critical of the Church herself, still they view the latter as Christ’s concrete presence in the world,” Secillano shared.
75% trust rating
The results of the 3rd Philippine Trust Index (PTI), a proprietary study made by EON Stakeholder Relations, reveals the Church is still the “most trusted institution” among the general public at 75% rating,” followed by the Academe (53%), Media (33%), Business (13%), and NGOs (12%).
The Government comes last with a trust level of 11% among the general public.
To read the entire PTI, click on www.eon.com.ph/philippinetrustindex. (Raymond A. Sebastián)