Bishop to seminarians: Help encourage good people to run for public office
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila, delivers his homily during Mass for the Seminarians Network of the Philippines’ launching of the “Year of Prayer for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful Elections” on May 13, 2021.
By Roel Joe Abonal
May 14, 2021
A bishop called on the country’s theology seminarians to rethink the way Catholics participate in politics.
Educate our people that “it’s alright to participate in a partisan way,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila archdiocese.
For many years, he said that church’s participation is centered on voter’s education and the characteristics of leaders that should be voted upon.
But when asked who to vote for, “we cannot give out names”, said Pabillo, who chairs the Commission on Laity of the bishops’ conference.
“We can’t say anything because those who run are ‘trapo’ (traditional politicians). Election is more of a process of choosing the lesser evil,” Pabillo said.
Pabillo presided over the Mass at the launching of Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines’ “Year of Prayer for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful Elections” on May 13.
Hosted by San Jose Seminary in Quezon City, theology seminarians all over the Philippines joined the celebration via live streaming.
The prelate noted that one way of engaging in politics in a partisan way is to encourage good people to run for public office.
“Encourage good people to run for politics. It is also a Christian option,” he said.
Pabillo also said that the good people who run for office are usually without the political machinery unlike traditional politicians.
“That is why they need the support of good people in order for them to win,” he added.
He noted how crucial the 2022 election is that he urged the seminarians to encourage more people to register and vote.
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