A priest was jailed on Thursday, January 25, after being arrested during a buy-bust operation in Bacoor Ciy, Cavite.
Richard Alcantara of the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Congregation was caught selling drugs at Tagumpay Compound, Tabing Dagat, Barangay Alima of the said city.
On the other hand, Bacoor City chief of police Superintendent Vicente Cabatingan clarified that Alcantara is not a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
“Linawin natin. Itong Bishop Ricky Alcantara hindi talaga member ng Roman Catholic (Church). Tiga other congregation siya.”
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also said that Alcantara is not a member of the organization.
“Richard Alacantara is neither a Catholic bishop nor a priest of the Roman Catholic Church and is certainly not a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).”
Alcantara was with a two men when he was captured. 15 sachets of shabu, an improvised tooter, two improvised burners, and other drug paraphernalia were also found at the location.
Cavite Provincial Police Superintendent William Segun said that they are deeply saddened about the incident.
“Nakakalungkot ang pangyayaring ito. Isa siya sa mga tinitingala natin na religious leader ng congregation. Kasama natin dapat sila sa kampanya kontra droga pero iba ang nakita natin sa kaniya. Siya ay naging kalaban natin.”
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In a message on September 29, Pope Francis has made it clear that he believes in the devil and it is alive and well and working extra hard to undermine the Roman Catholic Church.
He is also convinced that Satan is to blame for the world’s sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions rocking the Church. With this, he asked Catholics all over the world to recite a special prayer every single day in October to try to beat the bad spirit.
“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the maligned one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past.”
Since 2013, the Pope has made it clear that he believes the devil to be real and in fact, in a document in April on holiness in the modern world, he mentioned the devil for more than a dozen times.
“We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable.”
There has recently been three sexual abuse cases linked to the church, one in Germany, one in the United States, and one in Chile.
Veteran broadcaster Jay Sonza shares how the Roman Catholic Church or RCC is similar to the Philippine National Police.
On a Facebook post last June 24, Sonza shares a report from the GMA Online website about the priest linked to the killing of a woman whose body was found dumped on a roadside in Camarines Sur.
The 28-year-old victim named Jeraldyn Rapinan, was found dead along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Del Pilar of San Fernando.
Fr. Paul Tirao, who was tagged in the killing of Rapinan, has been removed from his post.
Sonza shared it on his Facebook account saying that the RCC is similar to the PNP in terms of the action done after a member has been linked to a certain issue.
“Ang Roman Catholic Church (RCC) ang para din palang PNP. Kapag may kaso, relieve sa present post/position/assignment ang first move ng liderato laban sa suspect. Tapos galit ang mga pari sa pulis. napakanta tuloy ako ng hihihihihi…. hihihihihi…..banal na aso, santong kabayo, natatawa ako, hihihihi.. (version ni Janice Berdin ng TNT iyan ha)”
Netizens then reacted to his post:
“Napansin mu na din sir na sa lahat ng arat at duktrina nila sa simbahan katolika me MALI po talaga sa aral nila maging mapa loob man o mapa labas man. Ngayn harap harapan na silang gumalaw sa mga katarantaduhan din nila at ang masaklap pa nito ikinukumpara nila ang kanilang sarili kay kristo jesus na, tama ang naka saad sa banal na aklat na bulaang propeta at naka damit ng mahaba.”
“Simbahang Katoliko ang nasisira pati ang aral na napapaloob dito dahil sa mga Paring gumagawa ng mali.
Kung hindi nila kayang pangatawanan ang pagiging Pari nila, sila na mismo magkusang tumiwalag.
Hindi yung tinatago nila ang tunay nilang anyo sa pagsusuot ng abito.”
“Nakapatay na? Relieve lang? Aba naman! Kay gagaling magsermon para sa kabutihan..kabutihan bang kunsintihin at wag esuko sa batas ang kriminal?”
Pope Francis criticized some members of the Church, saying it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he quoted “lead a hypocritical double life”.
“It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life,” he explained.
A Vatican Radio transcript covered one mass of the head of the 1.2-billion member Roman Catholic Church. During this mass, the pope said:
“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’.”
Ironically, the same people should also say, “my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’,” the Pope suggested.
Since he became the Pope in 2013, Francis is very vocal about his beliefs and religious leads. He suggested that everyone in the religion should practice what they preach.
“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal. How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’,” Pope Francis said.
One of his sermons, he addressed the priest assaulters of young children as being tantamount to a “Satanic Mass”. Adding to this, he also told his own cardinals to not act as if they were “princes”.
Pope Francis doesn’t fail to see the goodness in everything. He even said that Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.