The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) urged its members to take a stand for God following recent insulting pronouncements made by President Rodrigo Roa Duterta against God, the Bible and the Catholic faith.
In a pastoral letter issued over the weekend signed by BCBP Chairman Tito Serafica, President Joffe Almoro and Spiritual Director Fr. Herb Schneider, SJ, the leadership of the Brotherhood said the insulting and threatening words of the President “should not be allowed to pass without our community taking a stand for our Lord Jesus Christ and for the Catholic Church to which we belong.”
“As Filipino citizens, we should be gravely concerned that our rights to free speech, the exercise of our faith and the right to live under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace as enshrined in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights are being violated and threatened by the government and by the leaders who are mandated to defend and uphold such rights,” the BCBP said.
“As Catholics, we have to stand up for the Lord and for the faith that we profess. God did not give us the spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”
The BCBP also stressed that all BCBP members must be guided by their commitment to “community and nation-building, the practice of justice and integrity, and responsible care for all entrusted to us.”
“Our position against the persecution in our midst extends beyond just our Catholic faithful. It is a stand for all Filipinos, regardless of religious, social, and political affiliation,” the BCBP said.
The BCBP leadership offered six ways by which its members should respond to the attacks against the Catholic Church and the Catholic faith. These are through prayers, vigilance, discernment, boldness in declaring God’s love, power, and mercy, assertiveness, and in choosing future leaders using the GabayKristo standards.
“Brothers and Sisters, these are times that call for true discipleship,” the BCBP said, ending the letter with lines from the song We Are Men of Jesus Christ, “Come and take your stand.”
You may download a PDF copy of the pastoral letter here.