Buzz: Child-friendly churches

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Friday, July 18, 2014

AREN’T churches in Cebu child-friendly? A judge posed the question after his family got shooed away by the staff of a church in Cebu City because their kids were noisy.

The incident occurred a week after a video of a priest berating an unwed mother went viral on the Internet.

The judge’s family wanted to hear mass but the one-year-old and the nine-month-old baby members of the family cried inside the church. They were approached by a church employee who told them to get out and stay near the candle rack because the kids were noisy.


The family complied. But shortly after, they were approached by the church’s security guard. The guard told the family to go farther away because the kids were disturbing other church goers.

The judge said they were hurt and disappointed by the church officer’s actions. “I think there is a need to reflect whether churches are child-friendly or not,” he said.

He said he plans to talk with the archbishop about the incident.

Socially active

A legislator took heed of studies that the new campaign platform will be in social media. He makes a point of posting every hour his activities on Facebook. Judging from the activity on his timeline, one can say the councilor is a very busy individual.

But what started as admiration has turned to annoyance for some Facebook friends. They complained that every time they open their Facebook, the legislator’s posts are always on top.

The problem with the official’s posts is that not all of his status updates are related to official business. Many of his photos, for instance, show him with celebrities. Worse, the photos are not of recent events.

Some “friends” noted that the official does not know the meaning of “status update.”

They are considering “unfriending” the official just to stop seeing his posts. But maybe they will just “hide” him so they won’t see his posts in their newsfeed.

Double standards

Why are foreigners allowed to enter the Basilica del Sto. Niño in their barely-there clothes but not Filipinos?

The security guard is quick to bar Filipinos who show a little skin but turns a blind eye when foreigners, many of them Koreans, enter the church with short shorts and midriff-baring tops that show neon-colored bras to pose in front of religious icons.

“More popish than the Pope,” is how a Bzzzzz source described the guards, who sometimes launch into a lecture on the dress code inside the church.

One of the recipients of the lecture couldn’t help but ask why the church imposed a dress code when Jesus, in the New Testament, did not judge and reached out to prostitutes and tax collectors.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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