As soon as the Filipinos thought they have found a new leader in tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, God may have intervened and exposed Duterte for what he is. Duterte shocked the only Catholic nation in Asia when he cussed Pope Francis, the successor of Peter and the Vicar of the Church, a title that has been passed on from Jesus Christ Himself.
What many people don’t know is that Duterte has committed what is called an unpardonable or unforgivable sin for the simple reason that Pope Francis as the successor of Peter is a personification of Jesus Christ Himself and in whom the Holy Spirit resides even if the Holy Spirit also inhabits us by virtue of our sacramental Baptism.
Such unpardonable sin has been committed by Duterte on account of his rejection of the Holy Spirit in the way he lives his life. .
What constitutes unpardonable or unforgivable sin? There are five things which the Church recognizes:
- Blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Mt 12:31-32, Lk 12:10);
- Lying to the Holy Spirit (Ac 5:4, 9);
- Insulting the Holy Spirit (He 10:29);
- Resisting the Holy Spirit (Ac 7:51); and
- Quenching the Holy Spirit (1Thes 5:19).
The sin cannot be pardoned by his public admission of his character and the seeming public acceptance of him because if we support extra-judicial killings, violation of human rights and infidelity, we would become accomplices and we might find ourselves guilty of the same sin.
So in this time when there are differing voices that make it hard for us to arrive at an ideal choice, we must go down on our knees and pray, invoking the power of the Holy Spirit to move in on us and to guide us in making the right discernment.
The Philippines is at the crossroad of its political, social and economic life. We cannot err because that would transport the Philippines to the dark ages. We must elect a leader who respects human rights because this is the pillar on which true democracy stands. Find out who among these presidential aspirants preach the good news in the way they live and talk. Find out who of these candidates have a wholesome family life, who have reared their children well and who have brought up their children in the true Christian tradition.
Because at the end of the day, the candidate who succeeded in building a home where God reigns will also find success as a leader in the political realm.