Good for them!
If you ask me, the result should silence them and should make them realize that their concern is in the affairs of the church and it should stop, when beyond that the affairs of the state begin.
I am not saying that they should not get involve in the political process of the country, for more than being priests they are citizens of the republic.
Their participation and role, however, should be on an individual basis and should not include the church in meddling in the affairs of the state.
Like government officials responsible for the earthly welfare of the people, the church officials also have heavenly responsibilities for their flock.
Both responsibilities, mind you, are far-reaching such that if one interferes with the business of the other, it creates animosity and divisiveness that not only mars the relationship between the state and the church, but also hinders the growth and progress programs of both institutions.
Such was the result of the acrimonious discord over the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill that went on to be the tool used by some high Catholic officials in identifying whom to vote for senator during the election.
They put up large tarpaulins in church surroundings bearing the names of candidates who opposed the RH law, branding them as “Team Buhay” and those who voted for the measure as “Team Patay.”
Note that the controversial measure was signed into law by President Aquino last December to provide poor people with information and access to various forms of family planning or birth control methods, including the use of condoms and other contraceptives, in order to save lives and improve the quality of life for those living and about to be born.
Believing that there is such thing as ‘Catholic votes’, the church went full bore on this idea, only to find out after the elections that those whom they black-balled for supporting the measure landed as clear winners in the senatorial race.
This is what dismayed them. But, what should dismay them more is the backlash it has generated among some of their followers who used reason and sensibleness in going against the wishes of the ranking church officials. They found the church’s advocacy on this matter suffocating, if not irrational, and are beginning to distance themselves from the church.
One consoling and encouraging reflection of the election results is that the Catholics are beginning to speak their own minds in matters relating to the affairs of the state and not be influenced by the dictates of ranking church officials whose myopic stand on such an important issue as health and responsible parenthood is senseless, at best, and deplorable, at worst.