Father Robert Reyes also known as the ‘running priest’ wrote an article on how he saw the obsession of the Filipinos in boxing especially after Senator Manny Pacquiao rose to fame and became one of the greatest boxers of all time and how it affected the faith of the Catholics.
In his article in the newspaper Bulgar, Reyes said that he was aware how Filipinos love boxing, especially the matches of Pacquiao which stopping every Filipinos in doing their things.
He narrated that one day before the Pacquiao versus Lucas Mattyhsse match, he met a parishioner, preparing the wires that would be used by his customers who wanted to watch the boxing live.
Father Reyes said that the fight of Senator Pacquiao would help the economy a little bit.
The running priest believes that the matches of Senator Pacquiao would not solve the crisis being faced by the country including the economy,
“Napakalakas ng hatak ng boksing sa maraming mamamayan. Napakalakas ding kumiliti ng ekonomiya. Subalit, walang mababago sa ekonomiya at lalong walang mababago sa matinding krisis ng katotohanan, katarungan, dangal at kapayapaan.” Reyes said in his article
“Mayroon kayang magagawa sa pagbangon ng tunay na pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit sa kultura, kasaysayan at kasarinlang Pilipino?” he added.
He also narrated the story of Eric Liddell a professional athlete, who didn’t attend any competition during Sundays because he believes that the said day should be only be given to God.
“Hindi ikokompromiso ni Liddell ang araw ng Linggo upang ibigay nang buumbuo ang lahat sa Diyos.” he said.
Father Reyes seems saddened that the Filipinos would choose to watch a Manny Pacquiao match than going to the Church and pray to God which according to him, would give them the real justice, peace, and freedom.
“Pansamantalang tumigil ang lahat kamakalawa, ngunit, hindi upang ipagdiwang ang Sabbath ng Diyos. Kaya pa kaya nating bumalik sa Sabbath, sa panahon, sa espiritu ng tunay na Diyos na siyang magbibigay sa atin ng tunay na katarungan, kapayapaan at kalayaan?” he said.
Father Robert Reyes is one of the members of the Catholic Church’s who’s vocal against President Rodrigo Duterte who’s a close friend and political ally of Senator Manny Pacquiao.
You can read his whole article here: https://www.bulgaronline.com/single-post/2018/07/17/Hindi-maiaahon-sa-krisis-ang-bansa-ng-boksing