Teenage ma gets handwritten apology from Cebu priest

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FR. CHRISTOPHER Romeo Obach, the Redemptorist priest who berated a 17-year-old single mother during the baptism of her son, sent Wednesday a handwritten letter to the girl to reiterate his apology over the incident.

This, as the family of Kaye (real name withheld) told personnel of the Commission on Human Rights-Central Visayas led by Primo Cadampog that they are not filing a case against Fr. Obach.

CHR-Central Visayas personnel visited Kaye and her mother to ask whether they are pursuing charges against the priest.


Fr. Obach's letter to Kaye reads:

Dear Kaye,

Tugoti ako sa pagpadayag sa akong dakong pagbasul sa akong sakit nga nabuhat una sa tanan kanimo ug sa tanan nga mga saksi. Wala gyud nako damha nga makapamulong ako niadto atubangan ninyong tanan. Gihinolsolan nako kini ug nagapakilooy ako nga imo akong pasayloon sa gibuhat ko niadtong Hulyo 6, 2014 sa chapel sa Sacred Heart. (Allow me to express my big regrets for the pain I caused first on you and to those who witnessed the incident. I never hoped to say those words before all of you. I am remorseful and I beg for your forgiveness for what I did last July 6, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Chapel.)

Manghinaot ako nga maalim og dali ang samad sa atong mga dughan tungod niining wala gipalandong nga hitabo. Sa makausa pa, pasayloa intawn ko. Andam usab ako makigkita kanimo sa imong gustong panahon ug lugar aron personal akong makapadayag sa pagpangayog pasaylo. (I hope the wounds in our hearts will heal quickly from this unexpected incident. Once again, please forgive me. I am ready to see you at a time and place that you prefer, so I can personally ask for apology.)

Kanimo matinahuron, (Respectfully yours)

Fr. Oming Obach

BIG REGRETS. Fr. Christopher Romeo “Oming” Obach's handwritten letter to the 17-year-old single mother. (Sun.Star Photo/Kevin A. Lagunda)

The letter was sent through a friend and came a day after Kaye's mother met with Fr. Obach on Tuesday so the latter can personally apologize. Kaye's mother met with Fr. Obach, of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, at the Redemptorist Church on Queen's Road, Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City.

Kaye said that during the meeting with her mother, Fr. Obach cried while asking for forgiveness. The priest also hugged Kaye's mother. (Sun.Star Cebu)

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