Priest calls on bishop to stand down
One of the prelates embroiled in scandal is invited to take leave of absence
The bishop, Juan de Dios Pueblos, had admitted asking for a sports utility vehicle as a "birthday gift" from former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
"He should set an example as to how a bishop should behave in the context of a scandal," said Father Reyes.
Officials of the Charity Sweepstakes Office earlier revealed that some prelates asked for vehicles and financial aid from the Arroyo government.
Father Reyes said the bishops should return the vehicles and the money they got to the government.
"Restitution is important. We repair the damage, if there’s some damage done, and it will be good for the image of the Church. We all commit mistakes anyway," the priest said.
The bishops, however, said the "donations" were used for social action and apostolic activities. Bishop Pueblos said he asked for "personal funds from the president," not from any government agency.
'It might sound unusual to talk about caste as being part of the church but it is the truth of our context'
Chinese security agency created to oversee the persecution of Falun Gong group is among those to be inspected
Filipinos mark 150 years since Redemptorist priests became custodians of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour icon
Myanmar's new term 'Muslims in Rakhine State' is debated and seen as controversial
State government rejects call for prohibition saying consumption is a 'matter of choice'