Bishop denounces indifference on Ash Wednesday

Bishop denounces indifference on Ash Wednesday

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Manila archdioese’s chapel in Intramuros, February 14, 2018. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC PAUL GUANLAO/RCAM-AOC

An official of the Catholic Church called on Ash Wednesday to fight indifference to extrajudicial killings and corruption and even bad mouthing of government officials, labelling it as a sin of omission.

Celebrating Mass to usher the beginning Lent, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that “grave sin” is also when people turn away from the needs of others or when they grow indignant at evil but do nothing about it.

“One of our biggest sin of omission is us neglecting our nation. We refuse to be vigilant,” Pabillo said in his homily at the Manila archdiocese’s chapel in Intramuros.

“It seems that it is okay for us that there are still corrupt officials out there, that there are several killings, that there are people uttering foul words. We do not say anything and just allow it to continue,” he said.

The prelate said the season of Lent offers an opportunity for Christians to reflect and repent on their sins, particularly their failure to exercise their social responsibilities.

“We have a social responsibility, which if we fail to do, is a grave sin. So let us open our minds and hearts during this time of repentance,” said Pabillo.

But the bishop said concern for other people and the society goes beyond the Lenten season.

“We hope the period of repentance will not just last for one or two weeks, or while we are inside the Lenten Season only,” he added.

Ash Wednesday is a day when the Catholic faithful receive ashes on their foreheads, which begins the 40-day period of fasting and repentance for Christians before the Holy Week and Easter. CBCPNews