Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas yesterday asked his fellow prelates not to be deterred in fulfilling their ministry by standing up for what is morally right and resisting what is morally wrong.
The prelate said this means standing up in defense of every person’s life and dignity, shielding the weak from harm, and protecting the confused from error.
“We will guide and enlighten the lost. We will teach, even it seems like a voice in a hostile wilderness, till the day we die, that right is right and wrong is wrong and we will not withdraw from mission of the Lord,” said Villegas in his speech during their 113th Plenary Assembly in Manila.
After all, he said their call is “not to be successful but to be faithful.”
In his speech, the CBCP head reflected on the many turnings of grace that the Church in the Philippines has been for the past 50 years from the time of President Ferdinand E. Marcos up to President Duterte.