Monday, August 22, 2011


In the current socio-political climate, where it's being revealed that more and more Filipinos do not trust the Catholic hierarchy, one of the most common ways of pointing out the Church's penchant for oppressing and silencing those who do not agree with its doctrines and those who speak against its iniquities is by calling priests, especially the bishops, "prayle". It's erroneous, of course, as priests are ordained and friars aren't. But the word "prayle" is charged with so much history that for Filipinos it's become a blanket term for everything that is bad about the Catholic Church, and everything bad that it has done to Filipinos throughout 350 years of Spanish rule.

The irony is: here's a real friar talking about the recent troubles of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

What's even more ironic is that Fra. Paolo Maria Diosdado Granados Casurao sounds every bit like the prayles of Noli Me Tangere.

Perhaps the good friar should read Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas' sober take on the issue.

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