CBCP prays for Duterte, other officials


MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has issued a special prayer for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and his incoming government: to have the wisdom and courage to lead the country to prosperity under a culture of peace, justice and respect for human life.

Tagle came out with the “Oratio Imperata” for government officials over the weekend, which will be recited for nine consecutive days before the assumption into office of Duterte and the other officials on June 30.

The oratio imperata or obligatory prayer is an old Catholic tradition for a special intention, aside from those prescribed by rituals, that the Pope or bishop or a diocese may require to be said during Mass in all parishes.

Part of the prayer states, “Bless our leaders with true reverence for human life and unyielding opposition to the culture of death.”

It adds, “Loving God, look with favor on those who rule withy authority over us. Through your loving hands, may prosperity and progress be achieved, may peace and harmony be assured, may freedom and justice be preserved and may this nation be healed and protected from harm through Christ your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.”

Tagle issued a circular calling on all clergy, superiors of religious communities and heads of secular institutes in the archdiocese of Manila to pray the Oratio Imperata during Masses from June 21 to 29.

Fr. Reginald Malicdem, chancellor of the Manila archdiocese, said the call to prayer is also in accordance with a proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The CBCP and Duterte had clashed on a number of issues, particularly on the incoming leader’s plan to reimpose the death penalty and on extra-judicial killings.

Duterte earlier lashed out at the Catholic Church, branding it as the “most hypocritical” institution.

A week before the presidential elections on May 9, CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on Filipino voters to be discerning, warning them against candidates who are morally and politically unstable.

Villegas did not name names but was obviously referring to Duterte, who made fun of Pope Francis during the campaign period.

But after the elections, the CBCP assured Duterte and other elected officials of its full support even as it vowed to continue with its mission to pass moral judgment if needed, including on matters related to politics.

“The greatest promise the Church can offer any government is vigilant collaboration, and that offer, we make now. We will urge our people to work with the government for the good of all, and we shall continue to be vigilant so that ever so often we may speak out to teach and to prophesy, to admonish and to correct — for this is our vocation,” Villegas said.


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  1. Prayers work to those who act. Di ba kayo nagtataka? Ilang dekada na kayong nagdadasal, mahirap pa rin tayo? Eh kung wag nyo kayang harangin kundi tulungan nyo pa ang family planning programs ng gobyerno? Tignan ko lang kung di sagutin agad ang dasal nyo tungkol sa kahirapan.

  2. I think the most important prayer is prayer for would be criminals not to do crimes in brutal ways.

  3. ernie del rosario on

    Why this kind of prayer ? Is Duterte a natural calamity ? A disaster ? What grave need related to Duterte is it being imposed for ? Was there a popular request for it ? Ano ito Cathoilc Church ? I have been a Catholic from birth and remains so to-date. This is a disappointing action ! Is this your revenge on Duterte for revealing some sordid truths about the Catholic Church especially its hierarchy ? Sagutin niyo muna ang mga yon ? Is the Catholic Church also vengeful now as the exiting President had been for the past 6 years ?

    What follows is an explanation of what an Oration Imperata really is:

    Oratio Imperata (Latin, “Obligatory Prayer”) is a set of Roman Catholic invocative prayers consisting of a liturgical action and a short, general prayer which the local ordinary or prelate of the church may publicly pray when a grave need or calamity occurs.

    Common reasons for the religious invocation of the prayer are natural calamities such as storms, snow and drought while rare circumstances which merit the prayer are wars, plague and the disruption of public peace in society. The prayers are customarily invoked by an archdiocese on behalf of overwhelming popular requests, and is authorised by a high-ranking prelate or Metropolitan Archbishop

  4. A Notice to all : do not go near any drug infested area or make friends with drug pushers. Why ? I am 100 per cent positive that there will be collateral damage in the drive against drugs. If anybody is in the wrong place at the wrong time, he or she might be killed by either law enforcement or vigilantes. These people are using long arms like M 16 that are sprayed to a group. You can see that a lot of pushers died in an encounter.

  5. Matinong Pilipino on

    President Duterte would say: Thank you for you prayers and please just stay out of my way and you should not get involve in politics. Since nobody can control the sex appetite of young Filipinos, I will make sure that contraceptives are adequate and readily available to all Filipinos to help slow down the population and prevention of STD as well.

  6. Jose Samilin on

    I praise and thanks our very own leader of the Church, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, for his most needed prayers in love contained in the “Oratio Imperata” for our country’s government leaders, and others who rule with authority appealing to our most loving and merciful God as our Lord and Savior of whole humanity, to have the wisdom and courage to lead the country to prosperity under a culture of peace, justice and respect for human life. The Cardinal required to be prayed the Oratio Imperata in all masses all throughout the country by clergy, superiors of religious communities and heads of secular institutes in the archdiocese of Manila to pray the Oratio Imperata during Masses from June 21 to 29.

    During this period as our own initiative and solidarity to the Church intention, I wish to enjoin the faithful to pray in their own simple way or their devotion to the Rosary prayers, Novena, the Angelus, etc., to include in their prayer request and intentions, the prayers and intentions of the church embodied in the Oratio Imperata. As many of us humbly praying for our country from all the religious faiths, sects and denominations to our known true God in love and in sincerity, all these goodness would be accumulated in God’s bosom, then by His love and Mercy to His beloved people, incline His ears listening to our prayers and petitions and in God’s time, He will response.