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Encouraging but worrying

CEBU (Agencies) : Priests from the Visayas made a decision at their July 27 to 28 Clergy Discernment Gathering which is both encouraging and worrying.

Encouraging because they unanimously decided to ensure that the poor have access to the sacraments, but worrying, as their decision indicates that has not been the case in the past.

The group said that no one should be denied the sacraments due to poverty.

They took up the challenge not to be afraid to lose wealthy sponsors or powerful benefactors for the sake of those who have less and promised to constantly remind themselves of their own poverty, literally and figuratively.

“As such, we align ourselves with the poor, making true our commitment of preferential love for them and of their empowerment towards integral development and liberation,” CBCP News reported.

In a statement, the priests promised, among other things, to make time and waste time with the poor, learning from them, experiencing their pain, as well as feeling their joys and triumphs.

The 80 priests reflected, “Every centavo shared with our Church community is a precious offering that we should handle with great care and gratitude; therefore, we make our own personal and parish financial report reflective of our choice to follow Christ the Poor and our solidarity with the poor.”

Priests from Cebu and Jaro, as well as Bacolod, Catarman, Dumaguete, Kalibo, Naval, Romblon, San Carlos, San Jose de Antique and Talibon, were present at the gathering.