Catholic priest condemns use of Blessed Virgin Mary image in drug smuggling

Published October 5, 2018, 2:52 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A Catholic priest has condemned the use of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in criminal activities such as drug smuggling.

Father Melvin Castro (screengrabbed from video posted on Fr. Melvin Castro's Facebook account / MANILA BULLETIN)
Father Melvin Castro (screengrabbed from video posted on Fr. Melvin Castro’s Facebook account / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview, Fr. Melvin Castro of the Diocese of Tarlac said such act is “sacrilegious.”

“It is strongly condemnable and it is sacrilegious action,” he said.

Castro appealed to the public not to use religious images from despicable acts.

“Spare religious values from despicable acts,” he said.

Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara also echoed the same appeal.

“I hope they won’t use what is sacred to our Church such as saints in doing evil,” he told church-run Radyo Veritas.

The Bureau of Customs on Thursday turned over more than P15.4 million worth of illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The illegal drugs from Thailand, United States of America, Africa, and Pakistan were hidden in foot and calf massager, religious frame of an image of the Mother Mary, letter, boxing gloves and baseball jersey, and clothes.