Friday, October 01, 2010

OPEN LETTER TO THE PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC BISHOPS: EXCOMMUNICATE ME.

The excommunication of Martin Luther, 1521

Dear Bishops,

I would like you to excommunicate me.

I’ve had enough of your antics, the latest having jailed my RH activist friend Carlos Celdran and threatening to excommunicate our President. So let’s dissolve this relationship once and for all.

I am doing this with a sound mind and have since age 12, not participated in any Catholic practices from going to church, receiving communion and donating to your cause.

I’d like to end this relationship with the Church for many reasons but the most blatant are the following:

1. The Church is anti-women. It deprives them of information on how to be healthy and to decide how many, if any children they will have. Because of that deprivation, close to 500,000 married Filipina women commit abortions each year. Ironically, your deprivation of their right to know promotes abortion. Many women have died because of this situation so I also accuse the Church of wholesale murder.

2. You condemn homosexuals. I’m one so lets not pussyfoot on this issue. You think I sin and I think your sin blaming is a lot of malarkey and hypocritical. By keeping quiet, you have allowed priests to have sex with boys. Yet you don’t want me to have sex with my male lover. The Church has a consistency problem.

3. You now threaten to excommunicate President Benigno Aquino for his stand on providing contraceptives to the poor. Your threat is arrogant and anti-Filipino. You seem to have forgotten that the struggle for Philippine independence was very much anti-clerical.

You know what? Spare the President and let him do his job in this area. If you need a culprit just excommunicate me instead since I’m fine with it. You can still fulfill your quota of errant souls.

4. You are anti-poor. See No. 3.

I’d like to be excommunicated because I want to join the ranks of distinguished individuals like Martin Luther and Galileo who got axed but were later vindicated. I sense I will be vindicated as well but may not see it in my lifetime, so I’d rather have the excommunication done now. I know for sure you will eat crow later.

Please inform me when you’ll have the excommunication ceremony so I can attend it and have it on video. I’d like to put it on my blog and on FB. I guess the attire is formal but do let me know if the ceremony will be inside an aircon dungeon or outside near a burning stake.

Before you go on with the ceremony, I’d like a few minutes of airtime. I’m going to make fun of your ermine gowns and make mincemeat on your silly ideas of infallibility. For sound bites, I’ll out a couple of your queer priests. And I’d like to tell you all to your faces that you’ve ceased long ago to become the force for good for our country and for the world.

Please do not attempt to further pray for my soul or hope for a reconciliation or that I will ever reverse my feelings on the matter.

I have long decided to do good for others, to love who I please, and to help in some small way to protect the earth which your Church has been remiss in all these areas. I categorically do not want the slightest association with some man-made contrivance that espouses hate and condemnation and so diametrically different with what I do.

You may think you have the ultimate carrot – the Salvation Card – dangling over me when I die.

Well Bishops, go eat your carrots. It’s good for your eyesight. You certainly need it since you can’t seem to see the poor around you.

Let me call you next week to remind you. I so love pageantry, especially those quaint and ridiculous.

Your former Catholic,

John L. Silva

59 comments:

G said...

Bravo, John. If there is a need for more volunteers to fill the quota, please count me in!

yoying said...

There's a lot of us out there. We need to organize. We can all party after the mass excommunication, the ceremony merely for publicity and nothing necessary. The country can move forward right after!

Robbie Dinglasan said...

Bravo! I am spreading your "Dear John" letter to the Church as much as I can. This church B.S. has to stop.

joy531 said...

count me in too!

dennis garcia said...

outstanding, john! (when i grow up... i want to be able to write like you.)

mliingel said...

Maraming salamat po, Sir John!!! Go po tayo, go!!! :-)

BUHAY BAYOT said...

COUNT ME IN! The Catholic church should stop interfering government's policies if they want to restore their credibility and integrity. They should stop sounding like holier than thou . Baka darating ang araw na lima na lang ang katoliko sa ating bansa

sandy said...

well said, and bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jose ramon albert said...

the CBCP needs to be reminded that the Church is not the bishops... the Church is the people... and the people are speaking up --- "we need the RH bill" ... we don't consider the use of contraceptives as immoral. i think the only reason why the Church hiearchy espouses Natural Family Planning is because it does not work. more people, for the bishops and priests, means more revenues... so to them "go and multiply" ...

akababe said...

Well done! Can I be your friend? hahahahah....

[E]ternaL said...

count me in...i never believed in their hoopla anyway for those reasons alone and alot more...how about we start a new religion??? ^^

quay said...

I'm pro-contraceptio, pro family planning and responsible parenthood, and even my stand on this is against the Catholic church, the church may excommunicate me and the others who simply don't agree with them, and even if I still have my personal questions and struggles with God, I remain a Catholic in my heart. The church cannot take that away from me. God is not the priests who run the Catholic church or any religion for that matter.

Chessbuff said...

Why would an all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present God need the assistance of the church on Earth? Those who believe in God can commune directly with him. The church is the interloper. God does not need a public relations office on Earth. If there was a God-given gift as great as life, it would be our free will. We will not be held hostage by threats of eternal damnation. If our intentions are good, ours hearts kind, and our thoughts pure, then we are good to go.

Anonymous said...

so fab! i'll bring the marshmallows!

tommyng28 said...

fab! il bring the marshmallows!

carlosceldran said...

You are a darling, John.

Anonymous said...

Yay, I feel exactly the same! Onward Christian soldier.

mental wayfarer said...

Hats off to you, John! I applaud your conviction, and courage.

Mister Yo said...

take a bow john.

Anonymous said...

I appeal for sobriety. There was no threat of excommunication, whatsoever. Let's not blow-up the issue. Please review the transcript of the interview with the Bishop and another article:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101002-295508/Transcript-of-interview-with-CBCP-president-Odchimar

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20101001-295385/CBCP-head-denies-excommunication-threat

sana huwag i-blow-up out of proportion.

Arsi said...

I will support any move that will dissolve arrogance and prjudice in this world! Kudos to you, John!! Count me in!!!

Anonymous said...

dear church

have you seen those poor poor poor women who cannot afford to have another child sell their unborn babies to pedophiles?

wake up ...you are truly disgusting !

marga said...

hi this is the creator of the free carlos page. oh my gosh i love this post. it's so snarky. i'm taking the liberty of putting it on the page. :)

Angela Silva said...

John, count me in. Regardless of any threats, real or perceived, or media hype - it's time to make a stand and your new President is finally doing it. So this lapsed Catholic will stand by you and him and all other Filipinos who want to make the right choices. I'd be proud to say I was excommunicated for this!

richard said...

Amen to that! Excommunicate me for all i care.

cj D said...

wonder full writing John, couldn't have said it better.
time that all these father freeloaders get to see and realize that they do no good for this country.

Anonymous said...

That was liberating. Mate. count me in. Another excommunication, coming up :-)

Liberal53 said...

Kudos to you John, its time we remove ourselves from the darkness of mysticism created by these "men of holier than thou" - they have much to account for in terms of malice to mankind. Their feudal ways and abuse of influence should stop...

Anonymous said...

By the way, the link that I posted was just an article I read somewhere so wag mo awayin yung blog owner nun. It so happened we share the same views. Yun lang.

Anonymous said...

Hello John. I wouldn't have read your blog thoughts if it were not for the initiative of a batch mate, who had disseminated your blog link to our LSGH '71 members. Well, the ideas behind your comments or complaints belong to the archives of my memory, i.e., they are as old as the communist propaganda slogans of the late 1960's and early 1970's, when you and I were still in high school, John. Now, your blog statements deserve a decent response, but a blog post should be brief or concise. So, here it is: (1) Your facts and historical references are sketchy and incomplete; (2) Your personal bias and prejudice against the Catholic Christian Church and priests are irrelevant to the underlying agenda of the UN member states' Millenium Development Goals for the Philippines, as initiated by the US in 2001; and (3) Your reference to and identification with the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, is way off the mark. In the same way I shall respect your position, I would appreciate it if you were to respect my comment, as well. All the best to you, John. Russell

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying what a lot of us has been so eager to say. I'm Catholic but sadly don't share a lot of their views. It's sad how hypocritical they can be and how they try to illicit fear and hate on the faithful. One more thing, Cardinal Vidal is preparing for his retirement...how? By building a retirement house in Sto Nino Village, a prominent village in Cebu. So I guess when your the Cardinal, you are exempted from the vow of poverty...nice gig, eh?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying what a lot of us has been so eager to say. I'm Catholic but sadly don't share a lot of their views. It's sad how hypocritical they can be and how they try to illicit fear and hate on the faithful. One more thing, Cardinal Vidal is preparing for his retirement...how? By building a retirement house in Sto Nino Village, a prominent village in Cebu. So I guess when your the Cardinal, you are exempted from the vow of poverty...nice gig, eh?

Luis Ortiz said...

Hi John! I agree 200% with your views. I join you too and let them ex-communicate me too.

These priests think they have the monopoly of salvation - unfortunately they do not have.

They think we still live during the Spanish era when they can threaten us and withhold salvation if we do not follow them. They need those carrots indeed to open their eyes.

P-Noy is the President of the entire Filipino nation, including those who are none Catholics. His duty is to advance the common good and it usually goes beyond faith.

They threaten civil disobedience as well? Where were they when the former president was prostituting the entire government institutions? P-Noy is no push-over when it comes to what needs to be done as a statesman.

Let us not allow these myopic views of the princes of the Church to condemn more Filipinos to poverty. I am a Catholic too since birth but i am a Filipino too who cares for the future of our nation.

Let us support the RH Bill.

Thank you John and may our tribe increase.

ad sensei said...

Amen.

Jing said...

Nice! Count me in.

Pardon me if I posted your letter on my Facebook. It's worth posting & enlighting.

Anonymous said...

John, you don't need to ask for excommunication from the Church. She will not give it to you because you did it yourself already. Good luck to you and your sympathizers.

JustinG said...

+1000!
I love this post.
The Church really need to realize:
- that they are not the only belief system around.
- that they are not the one and only true moral compass.
- that the government serves not the Church, not the majority, but everyone.
- that I want to be excommunicated too.
- that they have a long list of people to excommunicate. I wonder when they will start doing this.
- that the humanity in all of us should not let people go forth, multiply, and go hungry.

Anonymous said...

It's Ok to identify with Galileo.

Not Ok to identify with with Luther.

From Wikipedia - He "advocated setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayerbooks, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, and smashing up their homes, so that these "poisonous envenomed worms" would be forced into labour or expelled "for all time".

The Nazis used Luther to justify the Holocaust.

Since the 1980s, Lutheran Church denominations have repudiated Martin Luther's statements against the Jews.”

Neither was he nice to homosexuals, identifying the sin of Sodom with homosexuality.

Sylvia Estrada Claudio said...

Last night, I posted on my FB status, "I would like to throw an excommunication party.."

I got 50 positive responses already and I am serious about it.

I will invite you when we have finalized the details.

jepoy said...

Join the "Excommunicate Me, I Support the RH Bill" community page on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/ExcommunicateMe

Anonymous said...

BRAVO! I'll repost in my FB
-Jet G. Nera
2008 President
Philippine Society for Training & Development (PSTD)

Anonymous said...

the judeo-christian god hates fags

Dennison Uy said...

Very well written. The hypocrisy is just too much to bear. I really hope this goes somewhere. If not, at least it is one step towards opening more minds.

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

I have a great deal of respect for those who make a stand against corrupt institutions.

And they don't come any more corrupt than the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.

I have no doubt that one day people like us will be proved right.

Love and support.

David (UK).

Mangyan Adventurer said...

Very well said...

Goodluck!

victorcajoles said...

way.
to.
go.
ill join your legion.

Anonymous said...

Of course the Church wouldn't want to control the population, so that there will be more poor and innocent kids to molest.

FSE Photos said...

Can I say you're my new hero?! :)

Mark Kwek said...

ironic as it sounds - amen!

John Silva said...

Dear friends,

Many thanks to all for your comments. I want you to know the overwhelming majority of remarks were positive. I did though publish even those that differed with me. Although there were three comments that were much in opposition and I respect their feelings. I would publish it if they gave me their full e mails and not just as ANONYMOUS. I think it fair that if I put my name out there, they should too. Over and above that, I still have the right to block any that I find offensive and not in debate form. And thats just two people and I ask them to be offensive in their own blogs. Again, many thanks. It proves to me that we want the independence of church and state. We want a better Philippines without dogmatic intervention.

edlyn said...

bravo! :)

nirdla said...

John, mon cher, magnificent! Well written, well written. I have chosen to disengage myself from the Roman Church when I turned 13. Now as for the excommunication thing... why don't we let these crones in skirts excommunicate the lot of us (including the president). Then immediately after, we can round them up and have them deported back to the Vatican, where they can exercise their so-called "secular" and "scared" prerogatives without anyone emitting so much a peep in protest. That way, we can be freed from the tyranny of this outdated institution and get on with our lives. What say you?

tina said...

john, count me in. i have been a non practicing catholic ever since a friend of mine who use to be an altar boy was molested by his parish priest some 20 years ago or so.
mr.anonymous should open his eyes and see what the church is doing. that is why they want to recruit us while we are babies so we cant say no to becoming catholics.
the catholic church is doomed....... but pleeeeez leave us out of it.
support the RH bill

Adrian said...

From: Conchita Aunario
Subject: THE CHURCH IS CONSISTENT
To: UPBA70_RubyReunion@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, 9 October, 2010, 2:11 PM


09 October 2010

Dear Mr. Silva c/o Mr. Festejo,

Greetings!

With due respect, sirs, I completely disagree with your views.

Through the years, the Church is, and will always be, consistent in her teachings. They are not subject to surveys and trends. It's individual Catholics who choose to obey only the Commandments that conform with their lifestyles steeped in consumerism and hedonism. Sacrifice, self-control and saying NO to oneself are rarely heard of. The four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance will always be norms of proper conduct. One’s true happiness is proportionate to his observance of these virtues. How can one practice chastity if he has no temperance in food, drinks and sex? The best gift that a man and a woman can give to each other on their wedding day is their purity and virginity.


It has always been the Church’s teaching to respect life and the unborn, and uphold the dignity of every man, woman, marriage and the family. This is also enshrined in the Philippine Constitution. The RH bill actively endorses the use of contraceptives that are abortifacients, killing the unborn. Further, they have fatal effects on women. Are women informed about this? The womb should be the safest place for a baby to stay but with the use of contraceptives, the mother’s womb is now the most dangerous place for a baby to live. The RH bill is a gross violation of our Constitution.

We have the RH bill, divorce bill and upcoming bills that catch the fancy and whim of this modern, misguided world. Sadly, they are aimed at breaking the family, the basic unit of society. It will be only as strong, or as weak, as what the government wants it to be.

Responsible Filipinos must decide once and for all to live our faith, have a unity of life. Our beliefs and actions must be consistent; our actions must mirror our faith.

We trust and hope in President P-noy’s promise to remove corruption, the root cause of poverty and make way for progress, materially and morally, in line with nation-building.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. Ching D. Aunario
chingauna@yahoo.com

Jen Lee said...

Oh my god, this is so funny! And fantastic!

Yeah, the church establishment can be pretty hypocritical. They do condemn gays, even have official writings on this. I so hate their holier-than-thou attitude, as if they're better and know better than ordinary people. As if they are not sinners themselves! And yes, by not holding their own priests accountable for abuses vs children and women, they are guilty of allowing these abuses to continue. Hypocrite!

What's wrong with using contraception? As one of the Jesuits would say, the poor have a hard enough life - huwag mo na silang pahirapan pa na mag-natural family planning! These unrealistic views are what we get for having a church establishment made up of a bunch of old bachelors who don't have families of their own (o meron, pero patago). Not to be sexist, but it really makes a big difference that church authority is composed solely of men - the views and experiences are not balanced.

Although to be fair, the church is more than just the bishops or the priests. The church is us, the people of faith. And there are a lot of good priests doing their best out there.

Anyway, thanks, John, for your article, which made me giggle a lot (heh!) and made me go, yay!

Anonymous said...

Interesting article John.

Take care and God bless. Oops! Something is not right in my previous statement.

regards,

LON

ildingparin said...

You did it John. The noisy, arrogant, self righteous, dogmatic, tyrannical bunch of bullying religionists in fancy robes, with IQ a little above room temperature deserved to be denounced. Kudos to you, to Carlos Celdran and to all Lapsed Catholics.

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Jeanette said...

Dear John: Once a Queen, always a Queen. You got my vote dear and if ever they would choose to excommunicate you, please let me know, I'll be right there filming along with the rest. This would be my first entry to: The Asian American Film Festival, and of course, The LGBT film festival. How much you wanna wager that I'll win first place!! With you as the leading lady, how could I fail!