"Running priest" Father Robert Reyes’ open letter to bishops questions alleged special treatment of Chief Justice Renato Corona
On Wednesday, Interaksyon.com reported that Father Robert Reyes, who is known as the "running priest," had posted online "An Open Letter to Our Bishops." Reyes had shared the link to the open letter, which was posted his blog-Parokya ng Mundo-via his Facebook wall. Below is Reyes’ entire letter. We’re reposting the essay as it appears on his blog, with no edits whatsoever.
On Wednesday, Interaksyon.com reported that Father Robert Reyes, who is known as the "running priest," had posted online "An Open Letter to Our Bishops." Reyes had shared the link to the open letter, which was posted his blog-Parokya ng Mundo-via his Facebook wall. The letter discusses Reyes’ concern that some bishops seem to be "tight" with embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona, who is currently in the middle of an impeachment trial.
Below is Reyes’ entire letter. We’re reposting the essay as it appears on his blog, with no edits whatsoever.
On July 10, 2005, a small group of pilgrims pitched tent at the People Power Monument and pleaded with you to ask then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign. You took the conservative path and concluded a long document by saying, "We are not asking you to resign."
Gloria was a consummate politician. She befriended many of you and handsomely rewarded the more loyal. She had that uncanny ability to have herself prayed over by religious sisters and also to visit cloistered nuns. To cap her catholicity she went to Rome and presented the Pope with the gift of a presidential proclamation abolishing the Death Penalty. Then repeatedly, after she came back she was quoted saying, "I am an obedient daughter of the Church."
In the past weeks, I am concerned about how two bishops have already said Mass for the Chief Justice. In one of the newspapers yesterday, there is even the picture of a bishop blessing the Chief Justice.
While I know that your intentions are noble, please be aware as well that you can easily be used. What impression has already gone around? That some of you are quiet friendly with the Chief Justice? I am sure that is not the case. But images are powerful and perception fatal.
Politics, dear Bishops is a game. Whether you like it or not, you are players. It is possible to play the game with a discerning and wise heart. The gospel message is clear, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
The Impeachment proceedings will take a while. We cannot just watch and keep quiet. Politicians on both sides are engineering the situation. People are carefully watching the Senate Impeachment with both keen interest and suspicion. Surely both sides will want you as allies. There is another side that is often invisible in most political spectacles, the ordinary Pinoys, especially the poor. Shouldn't we be blessing them and saying Mass for them instead?
As I journey with the poor and ordinary, I pray with and for you dear Bishops. These are treacherous and difficult times for many of our people. We must have learned our lessons from Gloria. I really hope we did. Thank you so much.
Sincerely in Jesus,
Fr. Roberto P. Reyes