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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A teacher's open letter to churchgoers: 'Bishops and priests are only men, they are only human'

A teacher's open letter to churchgoers: 'Bishops and priests are only men, they are only human'
Faith Cabanilla, an educator from Davao, gave a message to the leaders and goers of the church through her Facebook account encouraging them to serve the Lord, and not the men behind the Catholic Church who have been perpetrators of crimes.



This remark came after Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Socrates Villegas was reported to have encouraged the Filipinos to reject drug killings under the President Rodrigo Duteret administration and pray for victims.

A teacher's open letter to the church, CBCP: 'Guard faith and not humans who malign'

Cabanilla said that she honors the faithfulness of the leaders to their God but they "have a choice", to listen not to the men who allow evil to run rampant in the church, men who collect coins and donations "but you never really see where they go" and men who have engaged in horrendous activities for their carnal desires.

"You have the responsibility to call out the masters that have turned faithfuls like you into slaves. You have the responsibility to safeguard the true teachings of Christ, to restore the holiness of the Faith you were baptized or married to," she said.

She added that it is the church leaders' responsibility to  demand the truth in disconcerting issues, and accountability for every undertaking of the parishes.

"It is your responsibility to bring honor, not to the men who wear those elaborate garments while they preach empty words and wash your sins away with holy water, but to the God you were born to serve. Guard your Faith, not the humans who have maligned it," she said.

"And while there is Divine Justice, you must learn to recognize that there is also Human Justice. Flawed you may think it may be, but it is necessary," she added.



Read her full open letter below: Make sure to read until the end so you can appreciate the true meaning of her open letter

Dear Ever Faithful, Ever God-Fearing You,

I honor you, and I honor your Faith.

I honor that you have chosen the religion you belong to.

I honor that you recognize the Power that is unseen and unwavering, the Hand that you believe that gave us all life and freewill and the choice to follow His teachings.

I honor that you have memorized the scriptures in the book that tells of the many faces He has.

I honor that you believe in the power of prayer.

I come from a place of understanding...

That you were led to believe that you are unworthy...

Of grace, of pardon, of deliverance.

Because you were made to recite over and over...

In songs and in prayers and in every paper:

"Forgive me for my sins.
Forgive me for I am a sinner.
I am unworthy, Oh Lord, but only say the Word,
And I shall be healed,
And loved,
And rich,
And saved,
And freed,
And protected,
And accepted by the society that constantly tempts me...
To sin again.
And again.
And again.
Because I am human."

Yes, you are human.

Just like the men you have called Your Holiness, Father, Padre, Monsignor, Pastor, Your Grace, Archbishop, Bishop...



And the messengers of the god you were taught all your life to serve.

You have seen their imperfections, and I honor that you have chosen to look beyond them.
Infallible and trustworthy, they are to you.

You are sad, and maybe even angry now that the institution you have believed in your entire existence is slowly crumbling.

It is being shaken to the core,

And the lights from the candles on the altars have dimmed.

The churches, built on stone and by the hands of your ancestors, have turned to ruins because of the earthquakes and the typhoons.

It is the Hand that wanted them there that destroyed them.

Do you see the message He is trying to tell?

Can you truly understand His ways?

You are filled with fear. And sadness. And anger as more injustices from the very men who were supposed to lead His flock are being brought into the light.

Rightfully so, because that is your Faith, right there, being tested.

I honor your sadness and your anger. I even honor your fear.

But you have to let go.

Let go of the fears and allow yourself to grieve.

They are only men, and nuns. They are only human.

They are only churches and can be rebuilt again.

Was it not taught to you, as you listened to homilies and in your prayer groups, that you have freewill? That you can choose your own path?

Was it not taught to you, that the Savior you pray to, has already redeemed you with his blood and you come into this world with a clean slate, that you can live your life according not to His plan, but yours.

That He will guide you, and be with you, and protect you always.

That He will be there for you...

But you have a choice.

You have a choice not to listen to the men who can allow evil to run rampant in your own community, who collect coins and donations from the poorest of society but you never really see where they go, who have been caught time and again engaging in horrendous activities just to fulfill their carnal desires and their unimaginable greed.

You have a choice.

But more importantly, you have the responsibility to call out the masters that have turned faithfuls like you into slaves.

You have the responsibility to safeguard the true teachings of Christ, to restore the holiness of the Faith you were baptized or married to.

It is your responsibility to invoke all powers that be to aid you in the cleansing of your Church, to demand the truth in disconcerting issues, and accountability for every undertaking your parish does.

It is your responsibility to bring honor, not to the men who wear those elaborate garments while they preach empty words and wash your sins away with holy water, but to the God you were born to serve.

Guard your Faith, not the humans who have maligned it.



And while there is Divine Justice, you must learn to recognize that there is also Human Justice. Flawed you may think it may be, but it is necessary.

As you trust your God, you must know too, that He trusts you.

I honor that you believe in the power of prayer.

I honor that you have memorized the scriptures in the book that tells of the many faces He has.

I honor that you recognize the Power that is unseen and unwavering, the Hand that you believe that gave us all life and freewill and the choice to follow His teachings.

I honor that you have chosen the religion you belong to.

I honor you, and I honor your Faith.

Now, learn to honor your Self.

In Lak'ech, Ala K'in. <3

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#IAm #VoiceOfTheRainbow #LittleRunningWaters


"Institutions will crumble, but your Faith must be stronger than that."

Source: Faith Cabanilla

1 comment:

  1. Faith?

    My faith is that I believe in ONE HOLY CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC CHURCH.

    I always recite this in the APOSTLES' CREED as also my own creed during every Holy Mass I attend on Sundays or in any day.

    The words of Faith Cabanilla here seem enlightening and encouraging but if they are so genuine then I still have to refer to my creed - my trust, hope and belief in the Church which the Bible specifically said as THE PILLAR AND FOUNDATION OF TRUTH. Justice depends on TRUTH so we can never have justice if we are ignorant or do not know the TRUTH. I said, the words of Faith Cabanilla here seem truthful and enlightening but they may contain some few words which might make us deceived in the end.

    Please do not be deceived. It was true that many church buildings crumbled to the ground due to earthquakes but they were simply church buildings, not the Church which will never never crumble. If church buildings of other denominations existed during those old old times, some of them might had crumbled to the ground too. It was only lately, during the American times, when other Christian churches were built in the Philippines, when stronger church buildings were built. So please do not be deceived.

    Flawed justice is necessary? This is so horrifying! Flawed justice as in extra-judicial killing is not a justice at all. So it is not necessary. It can send an innocent to his death or in prison and this is the very reason why it must be decisively condemned at once whenever spotted. But who will condemn it? Where is the Senate? Where is the Supreme Court? Why only the Pillar and Foundation of TRUTH? Justice really does not come from the generosity of a man or a state but FROM GOD. So it is very clear where this so-called human justice here MUST lead us to.

    And we must be careful too in our actions and words or else we end up condemning the innocents. We already had examples to learn to. God very very carefully spared the four innocent souls from the terrible destruction of Sodom and Gommorha. Jesus told us of of the parable of the wheat and darnel, that we must very carefully separate the good from the bad only when the time is right so that we will not end up killing the innocents. And even David, the greatest king of Israel, was severely punished by God when an innocent one was killed. This innocent dead was not even his fellow Israelite nor killed by himself. We must also remember of Apostle Paul warning in prophesy against those who will not spare the flock or else we will end up condemning even the good priests, a grave injustice. And worse, we might end up causing many others to blame the Pillar and Foundation of Truth of being against drug-control.

    The questions are simple. Are those policemen, with their increased salaries, educated about human rights? Are they trained how to bring the suspects(innocents) to justice? Do they know how to use electro-guns? Capsicum sprays? Did they do their best to produce convincing evidences to show that they are blameless after any raid operations?

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