Bishop to public: Focus on pressing issues, not showbiz ‘chismis’

Bishop to public: Focus on pressing  issues, not showbiz ‘chismis’

By CBCP News

October 25, 2019

Roxas City

A Catholic bishop encouraged the public to stop gossiping and feasting on showbiz issues and to instead focus more relevant concerns.

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos said the country is dealing with a “real-life crisis” that the people should look more into.

“We do not have the luxury of time to talk about what’s happening with the Barretto sisters or the ‘chismis’ in showbiz,” Alminaza said.

The prelate made the statement in his homily during the Mass for the biennial Gathering of Theology Seminarians in the Visayas at the Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium in Roxas City on Thursday.

Nearly 300 delegates attended the event, with most of them coming from the major seminaries of the four archdioceses in the Visayas region.

Saying that the country is under a ‘state of emergency’, Alminaza said that the situation demands concrete actions from the future shepherds of the Church.

“We are in a state of emergency,” he said, adding that this is apparent in “climate, social, spiritual and moral” concerns.

“We should really be in panic. We cannot just live as if its business as usual. We should always be on our toes, always trying to respond to the emergency situation,” said Alminaza, who also heads the bishops’ Commission on Seminaries.

“We are troubled by our relationship with the rest of the created world. We are also having difficulty with the different institutions that are supposed to uphold Christian life but are becoming aggressors,” he said.

Alminaza encouraged seminarians to remain committed to their desire to become priests, which accordingly demands a huge amount of fidelity without compromising the values of the Gospel.

“Knowing and loving Christ means you have to make a choice whether you are for Christ or against Christ,” he stressed. “We cannot compromise.”