“Noon pong marami nang kaguluhan ang nangyayari, na winawalanghiya pati ang ating relihiyon, binabastos pati ang ating Diyos, sinasabi ng ating Simbahan na magdasal. Sabi ko o sige magdasal, kaya pinagdasal ko na magkasakit si Digong,”
This controversial remark of Father Noel Gatchalian Yesterday against President Rodrigo Duterte gathered the attention of the netizens, some of them were shocked that a Catholic Priest uttered those words against an individual.
Gatchalian said those shocking statements during a mass held inside the Senate building dedicated to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who’s facing a possible arrest because the President voided his amnesty.
Many netizens were disappointed and criticized Gatchalian, even Catholic devotees.
One Catholic devotee, Ejay Bustillo even wrote an open letter to Father Gatchalian to express his disappointment and question if the controversial priest was still practicing what he preached.
In his open letter which posted in one of our article about Gatchalian, Bustillo shared that he was raised as a Catholic by his mother and taught him how to forgive those people who did bad things to him.
Forgiveness is one of the teachings of the Catholic Church, that’s why Bustillo was shocked that a priest wished something bad against the President.
Bustillo also cited several Bible verses to remind Gatchalian about the key teachings of the Church.
According to him, he understands Gatchalian’s anger against President Rodrigo Duterte, but he should control himself doing the controversial mass because he personified Christ during that time.
Bustillo said that Gatchalian should not use the Church to criticize the President and just do his job to teach people how to forgive others.
You can read his whole post below:
Dear Father Noel Gatchalian,
Greetings of Peace.
I hope this open letter will find its way to you.
I was raised a Catholic by a pious mother (God bless her soul). She taught me the values and virtues of forgiving those who wish and do us harm. I grew up in an environment where the in-laws of my mother hated us, and that almost every day, we hear unsavory words coming either from my Lola, auntie and uncle, even if me and my mother did not do any harm to them. And so naturally, I hated them too from an early age.
But my mother told me that Christ taught us to forgive our enemies and I should not hate them. She did not quote the Bible because she cannot read, nevertheless she was the one who taught me that virtue. Although I may not be as forgiving as her, but just the same, I do not wish bad those who do me harm, even now.
I cannot understand why you, of all the people in the country have uttered such and in the celebration of the holy mass of wishing our president to be ill and finally rest. You have studied to become a priest for many years, and I think you have served the Church for quite sometime now, and correct if I am wrong, you are the personification of Christ the Redeemer when you celebrate the holy mass.
Now may I humbly ask you, what has become of you? Are you now praying that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte will get sick and die? I do not consider myself a pious person, nor a good one, but I never prayed or wished someone to be sick and eventually rest just because that someone is a malevolent person. Christianity taught us from cradle to grave: “… that we should love (everyone) even our enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Ephesians 4:32 further tell us: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Fr. Gathalian, I know you are just human and maybe – like many – you are angry and frustrated by the recent events that befalls our country, and that even as a priest, you too have your political perspective, but you are first and foremost a priest and in the celebration of the liturgy, you personified Christ and in no way, under any circumstance, should not and must not succumbed to the weaknesses of the human person.
I am an avid supporter of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and though I may not always understand his policies, I support him all the way in his programs of government. You may have your own political points of view, but you should not use the Church to lambast our president, he has a gargantuan task, that you will not even fathom its dept and even the Bible says: “Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.” Titus 3:1-2
Your brother in Christ,
You can watch the statement of Father Gatchalian below: