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Bishop blasts ’play safe’ mentality on religion
Filipino Catholics keeping images, beliefs from other faiths ’is wrong’Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- February 3, 2011
Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, the media director of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines, said the Filipino habit of having Sto. Nino (Child Jesus) and Buddha images in their homes is a prime example.
â€śIf you want to be a Christian then be a Christian. Donâ€™t be the kind of Catholic with a segurista mentality because it means you donâ€™t believe in Christ,â€ť he said.
â€śIf you do, you donâ€™t need to have a sort of back-up religion,â€ť he added.
Monsignor Quitorio said this kind of approach to religion is called syncretism or the combination of different beliefs, which is very evident especially during Chinese New Year, which is being celebrated today.
During Chinese New Year, lucky charms and gems sell like hotcakes because people believe that having one will attract good fortune in the coming year.
Such thinking, Monsignor Quitorio said, is not only common to Filipino Catholics but to other faiths as well.
â€śThere are non-Catholics who also keep an image of the Sto. Nino because they believe it can help them,â€ť he said.
â€śThey should be encouraged to have only one faith,â€ť Monsignor Quitorio added.
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