Tonette Orejas Philippine Daily Inquirer May 04, 2021
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A five-minute video showing a furious man confronting a Catholic priest for coveting his wife began circulating in Pampanga since Monday (May 3).
In the video, the man whacked a family portrait in front of the priest during the confrontation in the social hall of the church where the priest serves.
The video has been shared on Facebook’s Private Message.
The priest was heard saying “I’m sorry.” The man shouted back: “You ruined our family.” He accused the priest of taking advantage of his wife.
The man recited with sarcasm one of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”
The man’s son warned the priest that he would face investigation, hinting that a case for adultery was coming.
The man said his Catholic faith was not shaken but likened the priest twice to a “snake.”
Several persons milled around the priest in an apparent move to protect him. The priest was silent all throughout the clip.
The identities of the priest and the woman, although confirmed by Church sources, are being withheld pending investigation and to protect the man’s family.
“I am in contact with the priest and the family involved, We pray for God’s assistance and guidance,” Archbishop Florentino Lavarias told the INQUIRER when sought for comment on Tuesday.
While the RC Church has a massive problem with sexually active gay bishops, priests and seminarians, it still has a problem with priests having affairs and sex with women – as we saw in the Ennis Ger Fitzgerald case.
I think in places like Africa, Asia and South America there are more heterosexual priests than there are in the West.
I think many Irish missionaries in the past had relationships with women.
And I imagine there are many Murphy, Brady, O’Brien children in the African bush, the forests of South Anerica and the rice fields of Asia?
The compulsary celibacy rule has NEVER worked and is still not working.
It is a hypocrisy to keep the rule on the books.
But as long as it is on the books, priests are bound by it.