MANILA, Oct. 17, 2014—A Catholic prelate believes that if the government pushes for the impeachment of Vice President Jejomar Binay, it will only win him the sympathy of the Filipino public.
“They should not consider having the vice president impeached. It might be to his benefit in the long run. Politically, it is a wrong move,” said Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz.
In a recent interview with Church-run Radyo Veritas, the prelate said that while the beleaguered vice president’s popularity hit an all-time low in recent surveys amid controversies surrounding the multibillion-peso car park building, and his family’s alleged ownership of the so-called Hacienda Binay in Rosario, Batangas, he predicted Binay will recover from this in the event of an impeachment case.
The former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) laments impeachment is no longer the ethical process it used to be, having become “too political”.
He pointed out that deciding on an impeachment case depends on the number of one’s political allies rather than on the weight of the accusations.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis encourages Catholics to take part in political discourse.
In a Sept. 2013 homily, the Holy Father said of the politically-indifferent faithful, “None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this, they govern. No, no, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability.
According to Pope Francis, politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the “highest forms of charity”, because it serves the common good.
“I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!” he added.
The Holy Father stressed, “A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself—so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!” (Raymond A. Sebastián)