Bishop calls for ‘transformed leaders’, not Charter change

Bishop calls for ‘transformed leaders’,  not Charter change

By CBCP News

January 24, 2021

Manila, Philippines

What the country needs now are ‘transformed leaders and citizens’ and not Charter change, a Catholic bishop said Sunday.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, administrator of the Manila archdiocese, added his voice against fresh moves to amend the Constitution at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at Mass, he asserted that “it is the people that needs to be reformed, not the system”.

“It will be transformed if we have transformed leaders and transformed citizens,” Pabillo in his homily at the Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City.

“We all long for the transformation of our beloved Philippines. We believe that this transformation will not be brought about by any change of the constitution or by any foreign direct investment,” he said.

The House of Representatives is hoping to finish the debates on the economic Charter change before the end of 2021.

The Mass was celebrated to also mark this year’s National Bible Sunday and to launch the archdiocesan celebration of the Year of St. Joseph.

Pabillo said that one way to achieve the needed transformation is by reading and reflecting on the Scripture.

“The Word of God in the Bible can not just change each of us. It can change the society, our country,” he added.

“We should take the Bible to heart for it to be our inspiration in our prayers and in life. We will not be misguided in our decisions if we consider the will of God as told in the Bible,” he also said.

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