Just to put things in perspective, my two cents on this issue: Is for the RH bill and loves Carlos Celdran… but I think it was rude of him to do it inside the church and in the middle of mass. Actually, I don’t like the way Carlos disrupted the religious service. He should have protested at the CBCP office not at the house of God. But yeah, the Church didn’t do itself any favors by actually pressing charges. I can tolerate your ideas – you are supposedly fighting for freedom of thought, but I cannot tolerate your methods. You want your opinion respected, and then respect my love for the Mass and the Holy Eucharist!
What is civil disobedience anyway? It is characterized by passive resistance. He’s claiming he wanted the Bishops to feel what they threaten the government to do. News flash, civil disobedience does not mean, the bishops will disrupt a malacanang meeting. He disrupted a mass, because he’s reacting to the threat of civil disobedience from the Bishops. This guy needs a little lesson on Logic. He wasn’t arrested for his beliefs, he was being a dick. You don’t get excused for being a dick because you’re making a political statement. If someone similarly disrupted a basketball game to “make a stand” he’d be burned at the stake.
For everyone, this might help you understand why:
Section Four. — Crimes against religious worship
Art. 132. Interruption of religious worship. — The penalty of prision correccional in its minimum period shall be imposed upon any public officer …or employee who shall prevent or disturb the ceremonies or manifestations of any religion.
If the crime shall have been committed with violence or threats, the penalty shall be prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.
Art. 133. Offending the religious feelings. — The penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its minimum period shall be imposed upon anyone who, in a place devoted to religious worship or during the celebration of any religious ceremony shall perform acts notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful.
I saw another lawyer’s post stating it would be difficult to prove he did something offensive. Well, this would be interesting as to what comes out of it. The word notorious or having the persona of notoriety apparently strikes… me as someone to be feared or close to being a criminal. Ha! Another round table discussion for cafes and lawyers. I don’t think he was jailed because he protested against the Church. Of course, there is freedom to speak in a democracy. He was jailed because of the manner in which he did it – punishable by Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code. Similarly, the Constitution recognizes the freedom of each individual to believe whatever they choose to, but the State also has the power to regulate the means through which they express these views. It just offends a thinking, logical mind (not the faith) to choose not to look at these facts and to automatically conclude that he was jailed because he spoke.
Freedom of speech is good. But there is a proper forum and manner for that. Not inside the church while there is a mass going on. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Celdran crossed the line. I am no saint. I respect your views, but the moment you disrespect others, you lose all your authority. Well, the best thing we can do is to pray and offer up sacrifices for him . And, to include him in our intentions when we participate in the Eucharist. Its good I heard mass today first Saturday, so much more insight and grace gained while we walk around in this oh so crazy world 🙂