MANILA, July 2, 2015—Echoing Pope Francis’ intention for July, a Filipino religious has called on the faithful to pray for government officials who fail to grasp—and live out—the truth that charity is an important component of public service.
Act of charity
“This is what is lacking in the understanding of so many men and women who have been entrusted with political responsibility, especially in our country,” said Fr. Amado Baranquel, a member of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) doing mission work among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Benghazi, Libya.
The Franciscan from Albay reminded politicians that they owe it to the people who voted them into office to treat them with charity.
“…Living and exercising [their political powers] rightfully is an act of charity towards the populace,” Baranquel stressed.
Legal ? Moral
Meanwhile, a religious educator told CBCP News he sees the Holy Father’s current prayer intention in the light of the recent ruling of American Supreme Court legalizing same-sex union in all states of the country.
“Catholic officials should adhere to and comply with the teachings of the Magisterium, always keeping in mind that not everything that is legal is necessarily moral,” Prof. Nestor Limqueco noted.
He pointed out the duty of government leaders, especially those who profess the Catholic faith, to stand firm on all issues involving morality and ethics.
Quoting St. Thomas More, the English martyr who is considered the patron of politicians, Limqueco shared, “I am the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”
“We will know the sincerity of our elected officials based on the consistency of their moral position.
The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for the month reads: “That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.”
Moreover, his intention for evangelization is: “That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.” (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)