The best anyone has on the stand of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines is a Reuters story carried on Abs-CbnNews. This ties in with a hunch I had earlier this evening on TV when the ANC reporter said the deadline for a statement today passed without a statement from the bishops.
My hunch was that rather than politicize matters by releasing it to the press, the bishops would opt for their message to be read from the pulpit during Sunday Mass. Leaks from the heirarchy or those close to the heirarchy suggests as much.
It will only emerge in the coming days whether or not there were, indeed, deep divisions among the prelates, alternating between a hard-line resign message, and a neutral, “let us discern” exhortation. The bishops, according to the report, will call for an investigation. Does this mean a Truth Commission, or an endorsement of the impeachment path? It would be useless to speculate at this time.
With the call of the bishops, of course, whatever it may be, the last uncertainty would disappear; my personal feelings are that the bishops will reflect the more pastoral, and thus less partisan and political, mission for the Church outlined by the new Pope. We’ll know soon enough, tomorrow morning. It might be good to reiterate my post on prudence.
Tina Panganiban-Perez gives an eyewitness account of waiting for the bishops to come up with their statement. Sassy Lawyer condemns Abs-Cbn coverage as biased, and suggests the bishops shouldn’t play such a prominent role, as religious figures, at the present (or any other) time. Jove Francisco completes his telegraphic account of the day. In other blogs, Torn and Frayed writes on kibbitzing with the “great unwashed.” Paeng is still waiting for the “tipping point.” Oh, and of course, a psychic reading.