Sen. Miriam Santiago refutes priest’s claim that she’s "going to hell" for berating people at Corona impeachment trial

Inquirer.net reported that Fr. Catalino Arevalo-the spiritual adviser of the late President Corazon Aquino-said in his March 4 (First Saturday) homily at the Our Lady of Edsa Shrine, "If you call anybody 'you fool,' you are worthy of the fires of hell. And she called them gago, which is Filipino for fool, before millions of people."

Inquirer.net reported that Fr. Catalino Arevalo-the spiritual adviser of the late President Corazon Aquino-said in his March 4 (First Saturday) homily at the Our Lady of Edsa Shrine, "If you call anybody 'you fool,' you are worthy of the fires of hell.  And she called them gago, which is Filipino for fool, before millions of people." Though he didn’t name who he was referring to in his homily, Arevalo later told a reporter who asked if he was indeed referring to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago that he "did not have to name her."

 

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Santiago-who has a master’s degree in theology-has released a statement in reponse to Arevalo’s pronouncement. In her statement, Santiago pointed out: "Under [the Second Vatican Council], there is no hell; but even if there is, there is nobody there.  Unfortunately, some of the religious refuse to accept the changes started by Vatican 2." Santiago clarified that according to theology, hell is not a geographical place but is "a metaphor for distance from God."

 

According to ABS-CBNNews.com, Santiago believes that the priest simply wanted his homily to be get some media mileage.

 

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