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To be Angels of Compassion

Law enforcers have come forward confidentially to us, their spiritual leaders, to seek sanctuary, succor and protection. They have expressed their desire to come out in the open about their participation in extrajudicial killings and summary executions. Their consciences are troubling them.

We will look prudently into the sincerity of their motives and the veracity of their stories. Within the bounds of Church and civil laws, we express our willingness to grant them accommodation, shelter and protection (including their families if necessary). The hospitality, comfort and acceptance that they seek from the Church will be attended to. Whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do to Christ. (cfr. Mt. 25:40)

If such law-enforcers wish to testify, then the Catholic Church will see to it that they are in no way induced to speak, to disclose nor to make allegations by any member of the clergy or the hierarchy. Statements, especially in the form of affidavits and depositions, must be made with the assistance of competent independent counsel. If their preference is to stay with us in the Church, they will not be turned over to the State under its own witness-protection program.

My brothers priests in Lingayen Dagupan are requested, in the name of the Lord, to open their hearts and their rectories, the convents of religious communities and seminaries as well as other secure buildings and to be responsible for the security of the gallant men and women in uniform who may have something important to tell the nation or to testify on before the proper forum.

But our priests are admonished to refrain from discussing with “asylum-seekers” the contents of their testimonies and depositions. It is furthermore recommended that volunteer lawyers, preferably those who belong to alternative law groups, assist the witness and also readily affirm that no member of the clergy instructed, directed, and couched the testimonies they give.

But when they so decide or opt to identify themselves and to testify, every means must be provided for a fair, accurate and unconstrained or unrestrained testimony that may be used in evidence.

We are likewise putting our Ministry of Mercy at the service of these law enforcers who need the hospitality of the Church. In the areas of pastoral counselling and values formation, the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be the loving teacher and mother of our law enforcers. Let us be guardian angels for one another.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, October 2, 2017, Memorial of the Guardian Angels

+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2016-22: Instituting a Ministry of Mercy

August 20, 2016

Circular 2016-22

Re: Instituting a Ministry of Mercy

Dear brothers in the priestly ministry:

In obedient observance of the mandate of the Holy Father that dioceses institute programs to carry on the message of the mercy beyond this current jubilee year, we shall institutionalize a MINISTRY OF MERCY in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan whose main thrust will be threefold, namely:

1.   To promote an ongoing catechetical instructions (Basic Orientation Seminar on Mercy) among all sectors of the Church and society on the value of mercy in Christian life;

2.   To initiate concrete sustainable programs in parishes and basic ecclesial communities with regard to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy;

3.   To promote the devotion to the Divine Mercy in preparation for the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy due to be held in the Philippines this January 2017.

The Ministry of Mercy will be under the direction of the parish priest or school director on that level and will fall under the umbrella of the ONLA, our archdiocesan council of the laity.

Kindly send three interested leaders from the parish or school who are not yet involved in any parish ministry or linked to a church organization to our orientation meeting on SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 AT 2:00 pm at the Guerrero Hall in the Chancery.

Although ONLA has its own spiritual director, the Ministry of Mercy will have its particular spiritual director, Father Christian Joy Bataoil, who will insure that the programs of the Ministry of Mercy as envisioned in Misericordiae Vultus will be carried out faithfully.

Kindly discern and choose well the three lay leaders that you will send to the orientation seminar. The life of the Ministry of Mercy will depend greatly on the fervor of the pioneer ministers.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

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