Church underscores successful campaign vs political dynasty

May 27, 2013 11:58 pm 

TACLOBAN CITY, May 27 — The recently concluded 2013 midterm elections was a manifestation of how the Roman Catholic Church has succeeded in preaching against political dynasty.

“There is really that influence of the Catholic stand for political dynasty,” said Archbishop John F. Du of the Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte in an interaction during Sunday’s culmination of the Jubilee of the Media.

Among others he cited the case of Cebu and even here in Eastern Visayas where several members of political dynasties failed in their bid during the elections.

He added that while some political dynasties claim of having capable family members they should also give chance to other individuals who have talents to govern.

“Being in power for so long so time and you cannot give in to others, that is already greed; and greed is evil,” he said.

Amid the victory in the anti-dynasty campaign, Du admitted that the church was “not effective” in its call against vote buying.

“We are not effective, we failed,” he said even as he cited the need “to continue giving education to the people.”

“The country should realize that our suffering, our situation being poor will never end until we continue this practice. I don’t know when they will realize that,” he stated.

The archbishop also called on the support of the media hoping that the Fourth Estate would be helpful in the campaign.

“It is really morally bad. We have to ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us more and more,” he urged.

The Archdiocese of Palo through its Social Action Center has been sponsoring an annual gathering of media practitioners whose area of coverage is within the diocese every month of May to highlight the celebration of the World Communication Day.

This year was doubly significant because it coincided with the jubilee celebration of the founding of the diocese.

Sunday’s activity in Palo, Leyte started with a holy retreat for media practitioners followed by an hour with the archbishop, confession and a Holy Mass. It capped with a pilgrimage to the Palo Cathedral.. (PNA)



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