Being Michael the archangel’s playmate surely has its benefits. It places you in some sort of moral pedestal such that even your repressive actions are hailed as correct by prominent Church leaders.
While the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and–would you believe?–El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde denounced the dispersal of the October 14 prayer rally in Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin’s successor chose to side with the police who implemented Arroyo’s policy of violent dispersals.
INQ7 reported that Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales said the rallyists were wrong in violating the rally permit.
“There’s no such thing as absolute freedom. Every freedom is conditioned on the rights of another,” Rosales reportedly said.
Maybe the good archbishop is seriously taking the doctrine of separation of church and state, since it looks like he hasn’t read the Philippine Constitution, which favors the citizen’s right to peaceable assembly.
Or maybe Rosales thinks the doctrine of separation of church and state is nothing but bullshit, so he echoes with gusto Arroyo’s statements on the issue of peaceful assembly.