CBCP tells the public not to purchase Papal goods with tolerant, slightly pro-equality messages
According to them, the quotes are false and erroneous
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Monday that the #PopeTYSM merchandise sold by ABS-CBN does not have the CBCP seal of approval.
According to CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the statements on the shirts (such as "No race. No religion. I embrace diversity," and "Ganito ako, ganyan ka. Who am I to judge?") are misleading and that the public should not patronize these products that contain "fake statements" by Pope Francis.
Despite the Pope’s famous advocacy for openness and tolerance, the CBCP maintains the belief that the pontiff would never "undermine the centrality of faith and religion or the significance of cultural identity."
"He has never said and taught that religion and race do not matter, because they most certainly do," Archibishop Villegas said and added, "He is also as aware that race forms part of the identity of individuals and of peoples."
As of 2:45 p.m., ABS-CBN has pulled the "No Race, No Religion" shirt from their online store.
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