MBG Statement of Support to our Bishops Accused of Sedition
The Mother Butler Guild (MBG) expresses unconditional solidarity with our Bishops: Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, and Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. who are being charged with sedition. All these Bishops are Spiritual Directors of our MBG Diocesan Councils. Knowing them as we do, it is beyond us to even imagine how they could possibly incite anyone to sedition.
Our Bishops are men of God who manifest to all the primacy of love. They exhaust themselves to care for us and to accompany us in our joys and hope, our pains and anguish. Their faithfulness in following Christ and continuing his mission to preach and promote, to preserve and defend truth, justice, peace and the right to life and liberty contribute immensely, not just to strengthen the faith, but also to the well- being of society. The boldness of their spiritual generosity has led them, with humility and perseverance, in safeguarding the equal dignity of each and all Filipinos, especially the poor.
We are grateful to God for the gift of our Bishops. On our knees we ask Our Lord to be their wonderful Counselor, their defense against falsehood and evil schemes. We beg the Holy Spirit to rest upon those who have authority for their trial to discharge their duty with wisdom, fairness and reverence for the truth.
The Mother Butler Guild mandates all its officers and members to the following acts of solidarity with our abovementioned Bishops:
- Pray the Rosary everyday from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, 2019.
- Fast on Friday Aug. 9, 2019.
- Attend Mass on Friday Aug. 9, 2019.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, hide our beleaguered Bishops in your wounds. Be their stronghold. Sweet Heart of Mary, be their salvation.
From the Mother Butler Guild National Executive Board