WILL NO ONE RELIEVE ME OF THIS MEDDLESOME PRIEST? (King Henry II)

Message to the People of God
by the Clergy of
the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan
on June 12, 2018

Our dear people of God:

They are killing our flock. They are killing us the shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.

Killing is the solution. Killing is the language. Killing is the way. Killing is the answer. Killing is encouraged. Killing is their job. Killers are rewarded. Killers boast of their murders.

They kill in the streets. They kill inside homes. They kill in tricycles and jeeps. They kill in plazas. They kill in the malls. They kill in the chapels. The nation is a killing field. They kill everywhere. They are happy to kill. But we are not a nation of killers.

Are you still clapping? Are you still laughing? You still find it funny? You still think “Dapat lang”? Are you still saying “Pagbigyan natin”? Are you still saying our people feel safer now? Are you still saying this is the best government we ever had? Is this the change you want? Are these the changes you dream of? Are you still saying “There are some good things happening! Focus on the good”? If they curse us again for speaking up, we will not be surprised.

Are you afraid to talk? You think silence is a virtue? You think we your shepherds should sow unity by being like the monkeys who see and speak and hear no evil? You think we can be the next target if we speak? Do you still care? Where is your faith? You talk in whispers. You are afraid to be heard? Have we become numb and dumb?

“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” said King Henry II about Saint Thomas Becket. Like blind fanatics, the knights of the King went to the Cathedral, searched for the Archbishop, hacked him and split his skull to make the King happy but the king was unnerved instead. The King became penitent and offered penance. The murderers were disgraced.

Today, the murderers are commended and the king is undisturbed.

We your Archbishop, the Bishop Elect of Bayombong and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, represented by our Vicars Forane, say together:

We are not afraid. We trust in the Lord. We are ready to battle for God’s honor. They want to bury us priests. But they forget that we priests are seeds. When you bury us, we will grow more and flourish. You cannot stop the Gospel from growing. You cannot stop God from being God. You cannot muzzle the voice of Truth.

Killing is a sin. It is all wrong. This is not Filipino. This is not Christian. This is not how our parents taught us. The earth, soiled by the blood of Father Mark Ventura, Father Tito Paez and Father Richmond Nilo, is crying.

The bloodied soil is crying to heaven for justice. God’s justice be upon those who kill the Lord’s anointed ones. There is a special place in hell for killers. There is a worse place for those who kill priests.

We declare a Day of Reparation in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan on June 18th, the ninth day of the death of Father Richmond Nilo.

1. All the Masses in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be offered as reparation for the sins of blasphemy against God, the sins of sacrilege and calumny hurled against our priests and bishops; the murders that continue without relent. The Mass presiders are to wear the penitential color of violet. It will be a day of fasting and abstinence for the priests, religious and lay faithful of our Church.
2. The parish priests should expose the Blessed Sacrament for one hour at a time most convenient for the parishioners to adore and make reparation. The priests must go to confession and in turn, hear the confessions of the faithful on this day too. 
3. All the parish church bells should ring for fifteen minutes at six o’ clock in the evening on June 18th to commemorate the time when Father Richmond Nilo was killed. 
4. The image of the Santo Entierro or the Black Nazarene should be brought out in procession in the evening of June 18th to close the Day of Reparation.
5. The seminarians of Mary Help Christians Seminaries will lead a dawn penitential pilgrimage on foot from San Jacinto Parish Church at 4:30am to the Basilica of Manaoag. We encourage the youth to join.

We call on you brother priests from the other dioceses and religious congregations to join us if your bishops and religious superiors so agree.

Let us implore the grace of God to touch the heart of the President of the Philippines to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church because such attacks can unwittingly embolden more crimes against priests.

We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit that our leaders in government may arrest the further erosion of law and order in the country and restore respect for human life and human dignity, keeping in mind that they are “the king’s good servants but God’s first” (Saint Thomas More).

We beg the Lord to wake up our people, now walking in darkness and numbed by fear, to stand up for the Lord and courageously correct error and sin. May we find among our lay people the readiness to work actively for social and political changes grounded in Catholic moral teachings and Christian social ethics.

By the rosaries at EDSA 1986, we cast the dictator from his throne. Courage is contagious. Cowardice stinks. Prayer heals. Penance revives the dead.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, June 12, 2018

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

+JOSE ELMER I MANGALINAO
Bishop Elect of Bayombong

Father Alvin Gerald Platon
Vicar General and Chancellor

Msgr. Oliver Mendoza
Moderator Curiae and Economus

Msgr. Manuel Bravo
Minister for Evangelization
Vicar Forane of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Father Allan Lopez, OP
Episcopal Vicar for Religious

Father Winston Estrada
Vicar Forane of Saints Peter and Paul

Father Hernan Caronongan
Vicar Forane of Epiphany of the Lord

Father Estephen Mark Espinoza
Vicar Forane of Saint Thomas
Minister for Social Action

Father Antonio Ray Quintans
Vicar Forane of Saint Dominic

Father Kristoffer Allan Soriano
Judicial Vicar and Vice Chancellor

Father Eric Galivo
Minister for Worship

FILIPINO TRANSLATION:

PWEDE BANG ILAYO SA AKIN ITONG PARING PAKIALAMERO? (Haring Enrique II)

Mensahe para sa Sambayanan ng Diyos
Mula sa mga Kaparian ng
Arsidyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan
June 12, 2018

Minamahal naming Sambayanan ng Diyos:

Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol. Pinapatay nila ang ating pananampalataya. Sinusumpa nila ang ating Simbahan. Muli nilang pinapatay ang Diyos katulad nang nangyari sa Kalbaryo.

Ang pagpatay ang solusyon. Ang pagpatay ang linggwahe. Ang pagpatay ang paraan. Ang pagpatay ang kasagutan. Ang pagpatay ay hinihikayat. Ang pagpatay ay ginagawang hanap-buhay. Ang pumapatay ay ginagantimpalaan. Ang pumapatay ay nagmamalaki sa kanilang pagpatay.

Pumapatay sila sa lansangan. Pumapatay sila sa loob ng tahanan. Pumapatay sila sa mga tricycle at jeep. Pumapatay sila sa mga plaza. Pumapatay sila sa mga mall. Pumapatay sila sa mga kapilya. Ang ating bansa ay naging lugar ng patayan. Pumapatay sila kahit saan. Sila ay masaya na pumatay. Subalit hindi tayo bansang mamamatay-tao.

Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo? Para sa iyo, ito ba ay “Dapat lang”? Sinasabi pa rin ba nating “Sige, pagbigyan natin”? Sinasabi mo pa rin ba na mas ligtas ngayon ang mga tao? Sinasabi mo pa rin ba na ito ang pinakamahusay pamahalaan na ating naranasan? Ito ba ang pagbabagong gusto mo? Ito ba ang pagbabagong pinangarap mo? Sinasabi mo pa rin ba, “May magandang nangyayari? Bigyang pansin ang magaganda”? Kung muli kaming isusumpa at mumurahin dahil kami ay nagsalita, hindi na kami mabibigla.

Natatakot ka bang magsalita? Ang iniisip mo ba na ang katahimikan ay isang kabutihan? Ang iniisip nio ba ay kaming mga pastol ay dapat maghasik ng pagkakaisa na tila walang nakikita, walang nagsasalita at hindi nakaririnig ng masama? Iniisip mo ba na kami ang susunod kapag kami ay nagsalita? May malasakit ka pa ba? Nasaan na ang iyong pananampalataya? Nagsasalita kayo pero pabulong. Natatakot ka ba na mapakinggan? Tayo ba ay naging manhid na at naging mga pipi?

“Sino ang magsasagip sa akin laban sa panghihimasok ng paring ito?” Ang tinuran ni Haring Henry II tungkol kay St. Thomas Becket. Katulad ng mga bulag na panatiko, ang mga kawal ng hari ay nagpunta sa Katedral, hinanap ang Arsobispo, tinaga at hinati ang kanyang bungo upang mapasaya ang kanilang hari ngunit nanlumo ang hari. Ang hari ay nagsisi at naghandog ng penitensya. Ang mga mamamatay-tao ay napahiya.

Ngayon, ang mga mamamatay-tao ay pinupuri at ang hari ay hindi nakokonsensya.

Kami, ang inyong Arsobispo, ang itinalagang maging obispo ng Bayombong, lahat ng mga kapariang lingkod sa Arsidyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan na pinamumunuan ng mga Vacario-Foraño, ay sama-samang sinasabi:

Hindi kami natatakot. Nagtitiwala kami sa Diyos. Handa kaming ipaglaban ang karangalan ng Diyos. Gusto nila kaming mga pari ay ilibing. Ngunit kanilang nakalimutan na kaming mga pari ay mga binhi. Kapag kami ay ibinaon sa lupa, lalo kaming lumalago at umuunlad. Hindi mapipigilan ang Mabuting Balita na lumago. Hindi mapipigilan ang Diyos na maging Diyos. Hindi kayang busalan ang tinig ng Katotohanan.

Ang pagpatay ay kasalanan. Ito ay maling-mali. Hindi ito pagiging Pilipino. Hindi ito pagiging Kristyano. Hindi ito ang itinuro ng ating mga ninuno. Ang lupa na nabahiran ng dugo nina Fr. Mark Ventura, Fr. Tito Paez, at Fr. Richmond Nilo ay umiiyak.

Ang lupang nabahiran ng dugo ay umiiyak at humihingi sa kalangitan ng hustisya. Maghari nawa ang hustisya ng Diyos sa mga pumatay sa mga hirang ng Diyos. May lugar sa impyerno para sa mga pumapatay. May masahol na lugar para sa mga pumapatay sa kaparian.

Ipinapahayag namin na may DAY OF REPARATION (ARAW NG PAGBABAYAD) sa Arsidyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan sa darating na ika-18 ng Hunyo, ika-siyam na araw ng pagkamatay ni Fr. Richmond Nilo.

1. Ang lahat ng mga misa sa nasasakupan ng Arsidyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan ay iaalay para sa pagbabayad ng kasalanan sa kalapastanganan sa Diyos, kalapastanganan at kasamaan laban sa mga pari at obispo; ang mga pagpatay na nagpapatuloy at walang pagsisisi. Ang mga magmimisa ay susuotin ang kulay ng pagsisisi o violet. Ang araw na ito ay araw ng pag-aayuno at pangingilin para sa mga kaparian, mga relihiyoso at relihiyosa at sa lahat ng mananampalataya ng ating Simbahan.
2. Ang Kura Paroko ay inaatasang i-expose ang Banal na Santisimo ng isang oras sa oras na makakapagtanod ang mga mananampalataya upang sambahin at magbayad-puri. Dapat mangumpisal ang pari at gayun din ang mananampalataya sa araw na ito. 
3. Ang lahat ng kampanilya ng simbahan ay patutugtugin sa loob ng labing limang minuto sa ika-6 ng gabi sa ika-18 ng Hunyo para sa paggunita sa oras kung kailan pinatay si Fr. Richmond Nilo.
4. Ang imahe ng Santo Entierro o ang Itim na Nazareno ay ilalabas upang iprusisyon sa gabi ng ika-18 ng Hunyo upang maging hudyat ng pagsasara ng ARAW NG PAGBABAYAD PURI (DAY OF REPARATION)
5. Ang mga seminarista ng Mary Help of Christian Seminaries ay mangunguna sa penitential pilrimage na maglalakad mula sa San Jacinto Parish Church papunta sa Basilica ng Manaoag sa ika-4:30 ng umaga. Hinihimok ang mga kabataan na sumama.

Tinatawagan namin ang mga kaparian sa iba’t ibang diyosesis at mga kasapi ng mga kongregasyon ng relihiyoso at relihiyosa na samahan kami sa ganitong gawain kung pahihintulutan ng inyong mga obispo at mga namumuno.

Sama-sama nating ipamanhik ang grasya ng ating Panginoon na hipuin ang puso ng Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas na itigil niya ang mga salitang mapang-usig laban sa Simbahang Katolika dahil ang ganitong gawain ay maaaring pagmulan ng lakas ng loob na hindi pinag-iisipang krimen laban sa mga kaparian.

Tawagan natin ang patnubay ng Banal na Espiritu upang ang ating mga pinuno sa pamahalaan ay masupil ang pagguho ng batas at kaayusan sa ating bansa at muling maibalik ang paggalang sa buhay at dignidad ng tao na laging nasa isip na sila ay “mga mabubuting lingkod ng hari ngunit ang una ay Diyos” (Saint Thomas More).

Makiusap tayo sa Diyos na gisingin ang mga tao na patuloy na namumuhay sa kadiliman at pinamamanhid ng takot na manindigan para sa Panginoon at buong tapang na itama ang kamalian at kasalanan. Sana ay makita natin na ang mga mananampalataya ay may kahandaan upang makisangkot sa panlipunan at politikal na pagbabago na nakaugat sa Catholic Moral Teachings at Christian Social Ethics.

Sa pamamagitan ng pagdarasal ng Santo Rosaryo sa EDSA noong 1986 ay napatalsik natin ang diktador mula sa kanyang trono. Ang lakas ng loob ay nakahahawa. Ang pagkaduwag ay nakabubulok. Ang panalangin ay nakapaghihilom. Ang pagsisisi ay nakabubuhay ng mga patay.

“Ngunit kung ang bayang ito na nagtataglay ng aking karangalan ay magpapakumbaba, manalangin, hanapin ako at talikuran ang kasamaan, papakinggan ko sila mula sa langit. Patatawarin ko sila sa kanilang mga kasalanan at muli kong pasasaganain ang kanilang lupain.” (2 Cronica 7:14)

Mula sa Katedral ng San Juan Ebanghelista, Dagupan City, ika-12 ng Hunyo, 2018.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

+JOSE ELMER I. MANGALINAO
Bishop-Elect of Bayombong.

Father Alvin Gerald Platon
Vicar General and Chancellor

Msgr. Oliver Mendoza
Moderator Curiae and Economus

Msgr. Manuel Bravo
Minister for Evangelization
Vicar Forane of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Father Allan Lopez, OP
Episcopal Vicar for Religious

Father Winston Estrada
Vicar Forane of Saints Peter and Paul

Father Hernan Caronongan
Vicar Forane of Epiphany of the Lord

(C) Tito Godofredo Jr. Galicia.

‘Are you still clapping?’ Lingayen clergy slam killing of Nueva Ecija priest

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2018 09:53 PM

MANILA – The priests of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, headed by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, slammed the killing of a priest from Nueva Ecija, asking their flock if this is the change they want.

In a message released Monday, Villegas, together with the clergy of the archdiocese, expressed their outrage over the killing of Rev. Fr. Richmond Nilo, parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in the Diocese of Cabanatuan. 

“They are killing our flock. They are killing us the shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary,” the priests said.

“Killing is the solution. Killing is the language. Killing is the way. Killing is the answer. Killing is encouraged. Killing is their job. Killers are rewarded. Killers boast of their murders. They kill in the streets. They kill inside homes. They kill in tricycles and jeeps. They kill in plazas. They kill in the malls. They kill in the chapels. The nation is a killing field. They kill everywhere. They are happy to kill. But we are not a nation of killers,” they added.

The priests also said they will not be surprised “if they curse us again for speaking up.”

“Are you still clapping? Are you still laughing? You still find it funny? You still think ‘Dapat lang’? Are you still saying ‘Pagbigyan natin’? Are you still saying our people feel safer now? Are you still saying this is the best government we ever had? Is this the change you want? Are these the changes you dream of? Are you still saying ‘There are some good things happening! Focus on the good’? If they curse us again for speaking up, we will not be surprised.”

They added the incident will not stop them from telling the truth.

“We are not afraid. We trust in the Lord. We are ready to battle for God’s honor. They want to bury us priests. But they forget that we priests are seeds. When you bury us, we will grow more and flourish. You cannot stop the Gospel from growing. You cannot stop God from being God. You cannot muzzle the voice of Truth,” the priests said.

“Killing is a sin. It is all wrong. This is not Filipino. This is not Christian. This is not how our parents taught us. The earth, soiled by the blood of Father Mark Ventura, Father Tito Paez and Father Richmond Nilo, is crying,” they added.

The archdiocese declared June 18, the ninth day of Nilo’s death, as a “Day of Reparation” in the archdiocese.

On this day, the archdiocese will do the following:

“1. All the Masses in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be offered as reparation for the sins of blasphemy against God, the sins of sacrilege and calumny hurled against our priests and bishops; the murders that continue without relent. The Mass presiders are to wear the penitential color of violet. It will be a day of fasting and abstinence for the priests, religious and lay faithful of our Church.

“2. The parish priests should expose the Blessed Sacrament for one hour at a time most convenient for the parishioners to adore and make reparation. The priests must go to confession and in turn, hear the confessions of the faithful on this day too. 

“3. All the parish church bells should ring for fifteen minutes at six o’ clock in the evening on June 18th to commemorate the time when Father Richmond Nilo was killed. 

“4. The image of the Santo Entierro or the Black Nazarene should be brought out in procession in the evening of June 18th to close the Day of Reparation. 

“5. The seminarians of Mary Help Christians Seminaries will lead a dawn penitential pilgrimage on foot from San Jacinto Parish Church at 4:30am to the Basilica of Manaoag. We encourage the youth to join.

They also called on their brothers from other dioceses and religious congregations to join them, if their respective bishops and religious superiors agree.

“Let us implore the grace of God to touch the heart of the President of the Philippines to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church because such attacks can unwittingly embolden more crimes against priests,” the priests said.

“By the rosaries at EDSA 1986, we cast the dictator from his throne. Courage is contagious. Cowardice stinks. Prayer heals. Penance revives the dead,” they added.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has also condemned the crime, calling it an “outrageously evil act.”

Fr. Nilo was about to begin Mass in a church in Zaragoza on Sunday night when unidentified gunmen shot him dead. 

He was the third Catholic priest to be killed in a span of six months. 

In December 2017, Rev. Fr. Marcelito Paez was also gunned down by unidentified assailants after assisting the release of a political prisoner in the town of Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

In May 2018, Rev. Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura was also shot dead by an unidentified gunman after celebrating Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan.

Meanwhile, Fr. Rey Urmenta, a former PNP chaplain, survived an ambush in Calamba, Laguna last week.

SOURCE: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/11/18/are-you-still-clapping-lingayen-clergy-slam-killing-of-nueva-ecija-priest