Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bishops' Cars

One of the controversies that rocked the Roman Catholic Church is the issue on bishops receiving funds from the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO) which they used to buy their service vehicles. Though reasons varied, I believe those cars were used for good intentions and not for luxury as some would like us to believe. With good or reliable cars, the bishops can visit the remotest areas in their turf without worries. The cars were a necessity rather than a luxury. With a number of far-flung communities to visit, I don't think carabao cart is effective. Only morons say it is effective.

A senate committee inquired into the case. But the bishops signified to return the cars. This was learned after they were invited by the senate to explain their side on the issue. Meanwhile, in a letter read to the media very recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) asked forgiveness from their faithful.

The PCSO has been extending charity funds to indigent sectors and non-government organizations doing community-oriented activities and programs. I guess this one of the beauty of having PCSO. Perhaps, one problem with the controversy was that the bishops did not belong to the less fortunate sectors in the society. Neither do they belong to the NGO although the RC has been in various social action programs and services since 1969 right after the All-India conference or even earlier. Even then, the RC does not fall within the category that the PCSO is giving support. 

Of ethical issue is that the funds of PCSO come from the game of chance or gambling. Although legal, in my humble opinion, that remains a form of gambling and therefore it is ethically or morally questionable fro bishops who should admonish people who engage in any form of game of chance. Well, I don't want to expound on it. But the RC hierarchy should learn from this ugly lesson and perhaps start saving to fund for the purchase of the bishops' cars or SUVs.