ILIGAN CITY, LANAO DEL NORTE— The separation of the church and the state or government was the contention of a Catholic bishop when he appealed to authorities to allow the faithful to attend Mass on Sunday.
The order “No Movement on Sunday”, issued by Iligan Mayor Celso Regencia, meant that people should stay in their homes on this day, except for frontliners or those running essential errands. It took effect on Sunday, May 16.
Catholic Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas III in his homily at St. Michael’s Cathedral on Sunday, reminded the faithful to attend Mass as this is the Lord’s Day and their obligation to God.
“If people are going to Church on Sunday, I beg you, don’t stop them because that’s our obligation to God — going to church. That’s not an order coming from me,” Bishop Rapadas said. “If the purpose of your going out is not essential, just stay at home and rest.”