CBCP lauds return of Sr. Fox’s missionary visa
Sr. Patricia Fox lights a candle during a prayer vigil for the slain Catholic priests outside Quiapo Church in Manila, June 18, 2018. RICHARD DE LEON
June 19, 2018
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lauded the decision of the Justice department to let Sr. Patricia Fox continue her missionary work in the country.
Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, said it was a “wise, very understanding and kind” decision so that the 71-year old Australian nun can continue serving the country’s poor and the marginalized.
“We sincerely appreciate the decision of our government authorities to keep the missionary visa of Sister Patricia Fox,” Valles said.
“In particular we convey our appreciation and gratitude to the officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who ordered that until the Bureau of Immigration rules on the pending deportation case or until her visa expires, Sister Pat may continue to do her ministry as a missionary in the country,” he said.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a resolution issued on June 18, reversed the order of the Bureau of Immigration that forfeited Fox’s missionary visa over alleged “political activities”.
Guevarra argued that the BI order was “without legal basis,” adding that the Bureau did not have the power to order the forfeiture.
For the nun, however, the fight continues as the BI could still have Fox deported if it can build a case against her.
“I will continue (doing missionary work) because that’s the expression of my mission,” she said. “I’m not doing anything wrong anyway.”
Few hours after the release of the DOJ decision, the nun yesterday showed up at the solidarity Mass for the slain priests in Quiapo Church.
“I’m here to express solidarity, sorrow and indignation over the killings of Father (Richmond) Nilo and other priests,” Fox said. “The killings of priests should stop. These killings degrade the dignity and value of life.”