- The Church is planning to remove its “fixed donations” by 2021
- Church leaders are now back to asking for voluntary donations instead during funeral masses and blessings
- The CBCP is hoping that with the new system, more Filipinos will undergo the Holy Sacraments
The Catholic Church in the Philippines is eyeing to abolish the “fixed donations” in their different services. KAMI learned that the church is planning to bring back their voluntary donations when offering services like in funeral masses and baptism.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News, Rev. Broderick Pabillo said that the church planned to have voluntary donations instead in order to put an end to the controversies that they are asking for fees in return of their services.
“Ang perception ng mga tao, hindi na donation, kundi parang bayad. Para mawala na ang ganyang impression, no, kaya tanggalin na lang,” Pabillo said.
He also added that the church plans to implement this new system nationwide in 2021, just in time for the 500th anniversary of Catholicism in the country.
Bishop Ruperto Cruz Santos of Balanga and a CBCP Permanent Council member also sent out letters to priests in a different diocese in order to remove the Arancel System or fixed donations in funeral masses and blessings.
However, Pabillo reminded the Catholics to support the Church in terms of prayers and donations in order for them to maintain their mission.
“Sa bahagi ng pamilya ng Diyos, kailangan suportahan mo ang Simbahan. Spiritually by your prayers, materially by your donations, para maipagpatuloy niya ang kanyang mission,” Pabillo stated.
With the new regulation, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is expecting that more Filipinos and members of the Catholic Church will participate in different Holy Sacraments without having to worry with the finances.
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