Visayan clergy vow to protect poor

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MANILA, August 3, 2015- A group of Visayan Catholic priests vowed to stand up for the “Church of the poor”, even if they lose wealthy benefactors for their parishes.

In a statement, members of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) committed themselves to give voice and provide protection for the needy and the vulnerable.

“We commit ourselves to be not afraid to lose a wealthy sponsor or powerful benefactor in our commitment to stand for and by the poor,” part of the statement read.

More than 80 clergy, including four prelates from, convened last week for the second Visayas-wide clergy discernment gathering in Cebu City.

As the Church observes “Year of the Poor,” the participants reflected on how they can be more effective pastors of the poor.

They said the Church should scale up its efforts at helping the needy and “making true our commitment of preferential love for them of their empowerment towards integral development and liberation.”

The Visayan clergy also said “every centavo shared to our Church community is a precious offering that we should handle with great care and gratitude.”

“Therefore, we make our own personal and parish financial report reflective of our choice to follow Christ the Poor and our solidarity with the poor,” they said.

Aside from the Archdioceses of Cebu and Jaro, priests from the dioceses of Bacolod, Catarman, Dumaguete, Kalibo, Naval, Romblon, San Carlos, San Jose de Antique, and Talibon also attended the event. (CBCPNews)

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