Philippines: President Duterte’s Attacks on the Church Spur Reflection
Mario Dimapilis mhm (l) with parishioners

Philippines: President Duterte’s Attacks on the Church Spur Reflection

The constant attacks of the Philippines President and his allies on the Catholic Church in the Philippines and her Bishops and priests make me to ask myself: “How transparent and accountable am I as a Mill Hill missionary in the Philippines?

A month ago, the President of Philippines questioned one bishop here, saying: “Where do you bring your stipends, mass collection and gifts?” I was challenged by that question and I asked myself, “How accountable and responsible am I as a Mill Hill missionary working in the Philippines?

There was an element of truth in the question of the President: “How must I answer it? Personally, and as a Catholic and missionary, I felt hurt, for I try to live with the allowance that my parish is giving me. Nothing extra gets into my pocket. All the stipends I received are all given and accounted for in my parish? I am aware that the Mill Hill Missionary Society is not a religious congregation. Does it give me licence to neglect accountability and transparency?

I share this short reflection for my ministerial advocacy centres on accountability and transparency in all its facets especially on the use of Mill Hill Missionary property, funds and offices in doing our missionary activities. As a Mill Hill miissionary, I believe that one act of goodness concerning the temporal goods of the Catholic Church in the Philippines could offer some healing to her broken body.

When I was studying at the Missionary Institute London (MIL), one of my lecturers said, “Next to sexual abuse, accountability and transparency on temporal goods will be the second concern of the Catholic Church and her Missiology”.

Mario Dimapilis mhm

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