Priests and religious people say “mea culpa”
The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), in celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, will hold a CONFESSIO PECCATI, which literally means “confession of sins”, and PENITENTIAL WALK dubbed as “Daan ng Krus, Daan ng Paghilom”, on March 21, Wednesday, 3pm, at Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City.
The CBCP Pastoral Exhortation for this year reminds us that while there are many reasons to celebrate and to rejoice, this year also invites all priests and consecrated persons to “sincere reflection and humble repentance and reparation” for the many times that they have scandalized the people by living contrary to a life proper to a priest and religious
The Penitential Rite is modelled to a similar rite initiated by Pope John Paul II in 2002 for the sins committed by the Catholic Church and is, for this occasion, contextualized in Philippine social realties.
The rite will begin with the CONFESSIO PECCATI to be presided by Most. Rev. Socrates Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan at 3pm. This will be followed by the Penitential Walk and Stations of the Cross towards San Pedro Bautista Church.
The Penitential Walk, a re-enactment of the fourteen stations of the suffering of Jesus Christ, will mirror pressing social realities affecting the country: hunger, poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, drug addiction, summary executions, ecological destruction – the peripheries where consecrated persons need to be present today.
During these difficult times, the Association believes that a spirit of dialogue and transformation can happen if the consecrated persons and clergy acknowledge and own their faults and mistakes and resolve to walk their talk, live their faith.
Let this Penitential Walk become a way of healing the Church, people and country.
For more details please contact Fr. Dexter Toledo, OFM, the Co-Executive Secretary-AMRSP
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