By Leslie Ann Aquino
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos and his priests in the diocese are foregoing their monthly allowances to help their staff and other people during this difficult time.
“With this present difficult and uncertain economic situations, we priests in the Diocese have decided to forego our monthly stipends of months of March and April; some April to May for the sake of people, especially our all Diocesan employees and personnel,” Santos said in a statement.
“It is our way of assisting them and helping them in this very troubling and trying times,” he added.
Santos said: “To forego our monthly stipends is to care for them and to thank them for their services.”
This, he said is the Diocese of Balanga’s solidarity and self giving to “let them feel that our Church is always there for them.”
Bishop Santos urged the faithful to be like what Veronica and Simon of Cyrene in the Bible by helping wipe the tears and carry other people’s cross during this public health crisis.
“This Coronavirus could be seen as our true to life way of the cross. But whenever we fall, we will rise and God rises us up. Along our way of the cross there will be many Veronica and Simon of Cyrene to wipe our tears and carry our loads,” he said.
“Let us also be Veronica and Simon to others,” added Santos.
To note, the bishop and priests in the Diocese of Bataan are practicing the Standard Living Allowance since 2012, meaning their allowances did not increase since then.