Dennis Carcamo of The Philippine Star reports that on Wednesday, September 26, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said that "the Vatican has already initiated a probe into the alleged involvement of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia in ivory smuggling."
In an article about ivory smuggling published in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic, Garcia was cited as an interview subject by correspondent Bryan Christy. Apparently, Garcia had admitted that he was an avid collector of religious figures carved in ivory, which had allegedly been smuggled.
The Philippine Star report quoted Palma, who "urged the public to refrain in buying religious artifacts or images made of ivory." Palma also added that "the Church will not tolerate the wrong doing or illegal act of any member of the clergy."
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