Keep off politics, Butuan priests told

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma reminded priests in the Diocese of Butuan to remain neutral and non-partisan in the coming elections and should instead focus on their role of bringing Christ closer to people. Photo courtesy of Noel Luarca

The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Butuan has reminded parish priests to refrain from directly involving themselves in partisan politics.

According to Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, priests should focus on their role of bringing Christ closer to people and should remain “non-partisan” and should not campaign for certain candidates in public in the coming elections.

Ledesma also urged priests to hold one Mass for all the political parties to avoid impression they are supporting one party and involving themselves in partisan politics.

“However, Mass may be said for a particular party,” Ledesma said in a circular letter which enumerated the electoral policies of the diocese released to his parishes Tuesday.

As official representatives of the institutional Church, Ledesma stressed priests may participate in ecumenical prayers initiated by a party, but must only recite the approved prayer of the diocese. By CLC

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