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Jul 9, 2007

Saipan's "Pontiff" has spoken

The CNMI's highly regarded religious figure on the island has spoken out his disappointment with the group that lined up along Beach Road Saturday afternoon holding placards telling non-resident workers to go home.

He said in his pastoral address last Sunday that he was saddened by the incident.

Article in the paper reads:
BISHOP Tomas A. Camacho of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa has asked individuals involved in a recent protest calling for long-term alien workers to “go home” to “examine whether their actions were right.”
Messages of “hostility and hatred,” the bishop said, are against church teachings and the ultimate goal of a loving and peaceful island society.
The bishop was referring to the members of Taotao Tano who staged a rally on June 30 against Dekada, a group of long-term alien workers seeking to improve their immigration status.
Led by its president Greg Cruz, Taotao Tano displayed placards stating “No way Dekada, go home,” and “Dekada go home, this is our land” during the protest held at the intersection of Beach Road and Microl Corp. in San Jose.
The Reveler

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one to write down in your diary... the "church", or it's leadership anyway... doing something intelligent.

the reveler said...

;-) cute

Anonymous said...

Not as cute as it is sad... unfortunately. And why you would continue to subjugate yourself to the practice of a religion that was the excuse for the outrageous cruelty and brutality towards your ancestors is beyond me. Catholics exist here because the Spanish forced you to become Catholic...or killed you. Kind of like African-Americans worshipping a white slavemaster deity... why would you do it?

Anonymous said...

Not as cute as it is sad... unfortunately. And why you would continue to subjugate yourself to the practice of a religion that was the excuse for the outrageous cruelty and brutality towards your ancestors is beyond me. Catholics exist here because the Spanish forced you to become Catholic...or killed you. Kind of like African-Americans worshipping a white slavemaster deity... why would you do it?

Anonymous said...

Not as cute as it is sad... unfortunately. And why you would continue to subjugate yourself to the practice of a religion that was the excuse for the outrageous cruelty and brutality towards your ancestors is beyond me. Catholics exist here because the Spanish forced you to become Catholic...or killed you. Kind of like African-Americans worshipping a white slavemaster deity... why would you do it?

the reveler said...

point here is, the island is a huge catholic nation and its leader that locals look up to and most of the time listened to, has spoken and let them know that he is not in favor of such racist act.

Anonymous said...

...and it's good he did on this issue. Now how about being realistic and responsible about birth control, forwarding messages of antidiscrimination against all communities (gays/lesbians for example), and using some of the wealth of one of the richest institutions on the planet (the catholic church) to enhance the lives of people. There's a reason the catholic religion thrives in the poorest of the worlds communities... it fosters poverty.

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