Holy humiliation: Priest berates 17-year-old unwed mom at baby’s baptism

Why didn’t anyone tell the mean man to shut the hell up?


They say, "To err is human, to forgive divine." But there’s definitely nothing divine or even human about a priest who publicly humiliates a young woman who’s already in a challenging situation.


Rose Carmelle Lacuta of ABS-CBNnews.com reports: "A video of a priest humiliating a 17-year-old unwed mother during her baby’s baptism has been circulating online after the baby’s grandmother uploaded it on her Facebook account on Sunday, July 6."


The report said that Jieve Daitol Frias, the baby’s grandmother, "uploaded the video showing Fr. Romeo Obach of the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Eversely Child Sanitarium in Cebu talking to the mother during her baby’s baptism."


Evidently, the priest wasn’t just "talking," he had launched into a sermon. He even had an audience.


This is part of the priest’s tirade in Cebuano: "Bisan kaning bata wala ni sala, pero ang babae ug lalaki nga makigdu’og nga wala pa gi-kasal mao nagpuyo sa sala. Mapasa unya ni sa bata ang disgrasya. Dili unta nga nag-happy-happy unya naa’y bata. Oo, grasya ni pero nabuhat siya sa sala (Even if this child is without sin, the man and woman who slept together without being married live in sin. The disgrace may be passed on to the child. The couple shouldn’t have been all ’happy-happy’ when they did it. Yes, this baby is a gift, but this baby was made in sin)."


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