What the country needs now are “transformed leaders and citizens” and not Charter change, a Catholic bishop said on Sunday, January 24.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Manila archdiocese, added his voice against fresh moves to amend the Constitution.
Speaking during Mass, the prelate said “it is the people [who] need to be reformed, not the system.”
“[Society] will be transformed if we have transformed leaders and transformed citizens,” said Bishop Pabillo in his homily at the Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City.
“We all long for the transformation of our beloved Philippines,” he said.
“We believe that this transformation will not be brought about by any change of the Constitution or by any foreign direct investment,” he said.
The Mass was celebrated to mark this year’s National Bible Sunday and to launch the archdiocesan celebration of the “Year of St. Joseph.”
Bishop Pabillo said that one way to achieve the needed transformation is by reading and reflecting on the Scripture.
“The Word of God in the Bible can not just change each of us. It can change the society, our country,” he said.
“We should take the Bible to heart for it to be our inspiration in our prayers and in life. We will not be misguided in our decisions if we consider the will of God as told in the Bible,” he added.