To: Archdiocesan Clergy, Religious Communities, Lay Leaders, and Parishioners
From: Abp. A. Ledesma, SJ
For whom De Profundis church bells toll On this feast of St. Augustine, together with other church leaders and dioceses, we express our deep concern for the continued spate of extra-judicial killings that have claimed even young lives and many others without due process. These summary killings and violations of human rights cannot be justified by invoking the greater common good – which our recent history teaches us will only lead to greater recourse to arms and authoritarianism and a worsening malaise in society.
We are thankful that here in the archdiocese, there are only isolated reports of Tokhang killings, thanks to the conscientious guidelines of our local government officials and police officers.
On the other hand, our integral intervention on the drug menace, especially the community-based rehabilitation programs, often run jointly by LGUs, NGOs and church groups, have shown that a significant number of Persons with Substance Use Disorder can be treated and empowered to live again productive lives.
Our respect for the dignity of every human life also leads us to condole over the loss of lives in the ongoing Marawi crisis – especially the killing of innocent civilians, Muslim or Christian, and military personnel in defense of the country’s sovereignty against wanton terrorism.
For these reasons, I am appealing to all our churches and communities to revive the tradition of ringing the “De Profundis” bells at 8:00 every evening and to say the prayers for the dead. Let this be our sign of protest against extra-judicial killings in the “war on drugs.”
Let this also be our call to prayer until the end of Martial Law – in solidarity with all the affected families in the Marawi crisis, especially those who have lost loved ones.
From the depths of our hearts, de profundis, may the God of Compassion and Mercy be our constant guide in the campaign against drugs and terrorism.
- Santo Papa, nagpaabot ng pagbati sa mga kalahok ng NYD 2017 - November 7, 2017
- Cardinal Tagle, inalala ang kabutihan ni Cardinal Vidal - October 26, 2017
- Mamamayan, hinikayat na makiisa sa 33-day “Start the Healing” campaign - October 12, 2017
- BLESSING OF ST. PANCRATIUS CHAPEL, PACO, MANILA - September 8, 2017
- Statement of support ng CBCP NASSA kay DAR Sec. Mariano - September 5, 2017
- Church bells toll against EJK - August 31, 2017
- Couples for Christ, reiterate stand for marriage and the family - August 30, 2017
- Coming Together in the Power of the Spirit - August 28, 2017
- We value life! We ask for due process! - August 28, 2017
- Reflect, Pray and Act - August 20, 2017