Statement of the Philippine Bible Society on the Sept 30 Disruption at the Manila Cathedral
On September 30, 2010, Bishops and lay faithful from the Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and other Christian churches gathered for the 2nd Anniversary of the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign. What was meant to be a solemn, ecumenical service that celebrates our growing unity and love for the word of God was rudely disrupted by a protest from Mr. Carlos Celdran. We are deeply offended by this irreverent act, which showed no respect for a holy assembly and a sacred place.
The focal point of the gathering at the Manila Cathedral is unity in God’s Word. It was the 2nd Anniversary of the May They Be One project jointly done by the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It was also the launching of the Philippine Handwritten Unity Bible. Both projects are jointly undertaken by Christian churches in the Philippines to promote the Bible so as to bring transformation to our nation.
We at the Philippine Bible Society choose to take the path of forgiveness but also register condemnation to such irreverent act. We also call on everyone to live by the Word of God that has the power to unite our country despite our differences. As the greatest commandment says:
“Love the Lord your God…Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39 (Good News Translation)