Priests advised to be compassionate, understanding

Posted at 07/11/14 1:01 AM

MANILA - A church leader advised priests to be compassionate and understanding, following the uproar over a priest who humiliated a young unwed mother for having a child out of wedlock.

In an interview on radio DZMM on Thursday, Bishop Leonardo Medroso of the Diocese of Tagbilaran in Bohol explained why Fr. Romeo Obach of the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy was suspended following the incident.

"The community suspended him, the suspension is very, very important para alam din ng pari kung saan ang mali niya," Medroso said.

The bishop added that the incident can also serve as a reminder to priests they should always be compassionate and understanding.

"All our acts are judged according to the law. Dapat malaman namin na there is such a thing as compassion, and we have to suffer the consequence ng hindi pagpractice ng compassion," Medroso said.

Medroso explained that the church has changed, and that priests should not let children suffer because of their parents.

Catholic schools have been criticized in the past for refusing to accept children of single parents and unwed couples.

"Nag-iba na ang patakaran ng simbahan, kasi wala namang kasalanan ang bata," he said.

Children born out of wedlock are also allowed to receive all sacraments.

The bishop also advised parents who feel aggrieved to approach church officials.

"If you feel aggrieved, then approach a superior. Then, the bishop will investigate, and can overturn the decision of the school," Medroso said.