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Barron all praise for Pinoys, `missionaries to the world`

MANILA, Jan. 24, 2016 - Filipinos are keeping the Church alive.


These were Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron's words during “An Afternoon with Bp. Robert Barron” at St. Paul’s College in Pasig, high praise for the Philippines, which has also been called “the new Ireland”, referring to the predominantly Catholic, North Atlantic country of St. Patrick, scholars, and Guinness. 

According to the prelate, Filipinos are not only filling up the pews in churches around the globe but are playing an important role as “missionaries to the world”.

'Filipino diaspora'

“This energy for our faith with which God has blessed us is one of the gifts we bring to the New Evangelization. This includes the West where a large Filipino diaspora lives,” said lay apologist Carlos Palad.

Making reference to Barron, Palad expessed the hope that “in turn, we hope that great teachers of the faith could help us Filipinos understand our faith more deeply so that we can share it not just fervently but also with the necessary knowledge.”

Gelo Ahumada, who works for a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, agrees, however, with the bishop's observation that “Catholics hear the faith from wrong people that is why many leave the Church, which is true... He inspired me to be a catechist.”

Catholic social teachings 

The former youth coordinator in an Antipolo parish seemed to assure Barron that the admiration is mutual, saying in a mix of Filipino and English: “I love his passion to evangelize. He gives a lot of deep explanations. His preaching skills are like Cardinal Tagle's but he's really so deep.”


While Barron may have had only good things to say about Filipinos, a Filipino priest believes the witness of Catholics in the country still leaves a lot to be desired. 

“Yes, we have the energy but not the right one. The Church [in the Philippines] does not care so much for the poor. There is not enough help coming from them,” said Fr. Dari Dioquino, a parish priest serving in Marikina. 

The priest called on the Filipino faithful to focus on the social teachings of the Church, saying they should not be distracted by the pursuit of material wealth. (Anne Cabrieto / Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz)

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