CBCP welcomes Pope Francis’ call to be "simple and humble by ditching flashy cars"
The new CBCP president vows priests will only accept "things that are for the benefit of the lay people."
Ira Pedrasa of ABS-CBNNews.com reports that the new President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Monday, July 8, that he welcomed Pope Francis' call to be "simple and humble by ditching flashy cars."
According to the report, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said during a CBCP plenary assembly that "church leaders only accept things that are for the benefit of lay people." Villegas’ statement was apparently made in reaction to Pope Francis’ remark on Sunday urging nuns and priests to "choose a more humble car" to do their work. The pontiff said it "pains" him to see members of the clergy driving around the latest car model when children all over the world are dying of hunger.
"During the Arroyo administration, several leaders of the Catholic church in the Philippines were criticized for asking [for] money from the government so they could buy SUVs," the report said. Some of them were later called "Pajero bishops" because of the type of vehicle they used reportedly to reach far-flung provinces.