Bishop cites power of prayer against injustice

Published August 18, 2019, 10:53 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Christina Hermoso

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines vice president Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David cited the power of prayer in fighting all forms of injustice.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David via CBCP News / Manila Bulletin
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

David said supporters of the clergymen being accused of sedition and cyber libel by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group have displayed Prayer Power by uniting in prayer in fighting for the truth and in seeking justice for the wrongfully accused.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Association of Major Religious Superiors, the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, and other lay movements. Prayer Power is a new form of resistance. We don’t call it people power, we call it prayer power that binds people in solidarity together,” the Church leader said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

“Our solidarity need not be physical. We can express our oneness spiritually through the power of prayer. I am calling for more prayer warriors to join is in our fight to resolve these issues that we’re facing,” he added.

The bishop, in his counter affidavit stressed the assistance that he provides for the victims of extra judicial killings as well as his help for the rehabilitation of drug dependents cannot be considered as acts of sedition.

Meanwhile, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity, urged the faithful to speak up against injustice.

“Silence is a good way to respond to personal attacks, but when the attacks are being done against others unjustly, silence is not an option. To keep silent is to allow the aggressor to bully the innocent victims,” Pabillo said over Radio Veritas.