CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Separating the Good News from fake news

MANILA (UCAN): Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has become a victim of fake news after a post on social media quoted him as supposedly warning priests and nuns “not to interact with politicians.” 
 
The fake news story warned that some priests and nuns who have shown their political partisanship “only divide our nation, instead of uniting it.”
 
The archbishop denied making the statement.
 
“We must not let ourselves be involved in one particular group or individual, but rather be sensible to the real issues,” the bishop was alleged to have said. 
 
“There is no truth to the post,” Father Marvin Mejia, secretary-general of the bishops’ conference, said, pointing out that the bishop’s latest statements were about Lent and Easter.
 
Luis Cardinal Tagle of Manila, earlier lamented the spread of fake news, describing it as a “manipulative strategy” to serve political interests.
 
“Manipulation thrives in the context of disrespect,” said the cardinal during the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday.
 
“That’s why fake news proliferates … deliberately deceiving people,” he said, adding that modern means of communication have been reduced to strategies to manipulate people. “Let us put a stop to fake news,” said Cardinal Tagle. 
 
“We are not called and consecrated to bring fake news, only Good News especially through the integrity of our lives,” he said.
 
During an Easter Recollection on April 8, the cardinal challenged the media to report on what is good. He said evangelisation challenges the faithful to communicate the truth about God’s love.
 
The cardinal said proclaiming the gospel requires attentiveness to the human condition, specifically to the poor and those who are suffering.
 
He also stressed the importance of integrity among the bearers of the Good News, adding that it is to be proclaimed not only through words, but by deeds.
 
“That’s why many people don’t listen to the Good News because they don’t see it from the one talking,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

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