Prelate laments prohibition on religious gatherings under GCQ

Published March 22, 2021, 7:33 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David lamented the decision of the government to prohibit religious gatherings in Metro Manila and other areas especially during Holy Week.

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (File photo courtesy of CBCP via PNA / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“In spite of our adherence to strict protocols, you lock down our churches during the holiest time of the year and allow 70 percent capacity in fitness centers and 50 percent in establishments for personal care services including spas?” he said in a Facebook post on Monday, March 22.

“I was hoping they would at least allow a 20-30 percent max. physical attendance in our Churches following strict protocol. But no, they would not even allow us to celebrate Easter on April 4,” David added.

The vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also lamented the lack of consultation on the matter.

“It came as an instant order and with not even a modicum of dialogue!” David said.

“If this is not a return to ECQ total lockdown situation, why forbid our religious gatherings? Isn’t this a violation of religious freedom,” he added.

On Sunday, March 21, Malacañang announced that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal  will be under a stricter general community quarantine (GCQ), wherein religious gatherings shall be prohibited from March 22 until April 4.