Archbishop Oscar Cruz, though an entry on his blog, has asked Pope Benedict XVI not to accept President Arroyo’s invitation to visit the Philippines.
His Excellency wrote that “a papal visit to the country might be neither wise nor prudent these times.”
“The country is anything but safe and crime free. The visit will give the government officials the salivating occasion to make money for themselves. Furthermore, a papal visit would dignify a national leadership that is suffering from dire lack of moral ascendancy not to mention its big socio-political liabilities,” Archbishop Cruz continued.
A TV Patrol World report said the Palace reacted to the archbishop’s blog entry by saying it should be the Catholic laymen who must have a say on whether the Pope should visit the country. Nice try–of course the members of the Catholic Church would be really excited to see the Supreme Pontiff.
But then, shouldn’t local Church leaders like Cruz be in a better position to assess the current situation with regard to this issue?