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Why do we kill prophets and persecute them?

A Statement on the Murder of Fr. Cecilio Lucero,

a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Catarman

NATIONAL CLERGY DISCERNMENT GROUP

"Woe to you, for you build the tombs of the prophets – the very prophets your leaders have killed" (cfr. Luke 11:47)

The atrocious killing of Fr. Cecilio Lucero and the wounding of his companions in a daring early Sunday morning ambush carried out by around 30 heavily armed persons show the vicious nature and the loathsome impunity our present dispensation regard people with cause-oriented commitments and defenders of human rights.

We condemn this utterly reprehensible act and lament the lengths human rights violators would pursue in order to quell the people's aspirations for a full and abundant life.

As priests, they lead the ministry to proclaim and establish the reign of God amidst his people – a reign where justice is a reality and peace is the fruit of our labors. This is a prophetic ministry that priests share with all the faithful.

The life that Fr. Lucero chose is his way of living the prophetic witness he has received as a mandate from Jesus and the Church.

The death that Fr. Lucero was meted out with is the example of how much evil has incarnated in our midst.

Both his life and death is an inspiration to all of us that justice is an eternal calling – a task that must be constantly acted upon and a gift that must be fervently cherished.

We want justice to be served for Fr. Cecilo Lucero. This is a clarion call for us to stand up and side with the people who pine for justice and peace. The death of Fr. Lucero should not go in vain.


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