Baguio Bishop Victor Bendico, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines liturgical commission, has called on the faithful “to live out his temporal order and be active members of society.”
In his homily during the closing mass for the observance of the National Laity Week (September 18 to 25) at the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral in Baguio City, Bendico cited the responsibility of every Christian to live out his temporal order in the society and community where he lives.
“The temporal order includes the family, culture, economic interest, and the political community. These are your areas of work where your secular character calls you to be prophetic and to develop a spirituality of your own rooted in Christ,” said Bishop Bendico.
The Church leader said, the faithful’s temporal order includes active participation in political affairs which have been beset with corruption, lies, and deception.
“About 99 percent of the population belongs to the laity. To help ensure a clean and honest government, we must choose the right leaders who are God-centered, humane, just, and pro-environment,” Bendico said.
“Help our country by not resorting to lies and cheating during elections in the use of social media, printed media and broadcasting. Help our country by standing up for what is true on extrajudicial killings, on the abuses of the environment,” he added.
The bishop particularly cited the greed and corruption involved in the government’s purchase of overpriced personal protective equipment.
The theme for this year’s National Laity Week is ‘Celebrate as One in 2021 – the Gift of Christianity, the Gift of Mission and the Gift of Unity’ in observance of the 500 Years of Christianity.
“Despite the present situation, we believe all the more that we have to highlight the indispensable role of the laity in the life and mission of the Church in the most feasible ways,” organizers said.
The opening celebration on September 18 was hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu, while the closing event on September 25, was hosted by the Diocese of Baguio.