MANILA, Jan. 17, 2017–Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato said the lack of public outcry against extrajudicial killings is a symptom of the “dichotomy” of faith and life in many people.
In press conference at the sidelines of the ongoing World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, he said there is corruption and killings in the country because “they do not practice their faith.”
“Our faith is one level and the other level is daily life. They do not jive,” Quevedo said. “One priest said we are saints on Sundays but devils the rest of the week.”
“Dichotomy is split level Christianity. I think the approval of many despite the extrajudicial killings is a symptom of that split-level spirituality,” he said.
The cardinal admitted that he admires President Rodrigo Duterte’s determination to end criminality in the country. “Those are good intentions,” he said.
But the killings of suspected drug offenders and other lawbreakers without providing them due process of law, he added, is simply wrong.
“Some may have been even framed by political opponents. What do you say about that?” said Quevedo.
“We are a country where our faith is a dichotomy. We believe but we do not practice our faith,” he said.
The cardinal earlier delivered a talk to the thousands of WACOM delegates in attendance emphasizing the “lack of communion” among people today.
He said this is evident to many people’s indifference to the killings as a result of the government’s “war on drugs.”
He also cited issues such as terrorism, kidnapping, drug wars, ethnic wars and even conflict between religions.
“Let us open our eyes to issues where there is lack of communion,” he said. “It is especially (true) now that the Holy Spirit is urgently calling the whole Church to be a Communion.”
The cardinal also clarified some observations that the Church is supposedly silent about the increasing number of drug-related killings.
“The silence is media perceived. I think we should think of the Church as not bishops only. There are bishops, priests, and lay people. Let the people do the action, we give the moral action,” he said.
According to him, there was a “deliberate choice” on the issue for the bishops to give moral guidance and for the people to act.
“Therefore, when we wish action it’s not on the part of the bishop to go to rallies but encouragement of the people to make decisive informed actions regarding issues,” Quevedo said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)