Manila Bishop reminded system of fees already cancelled: “Avail of the services of the Church for free”

  • Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Manila archdiocese reminded the faithful that they can avail of the services of the Church for free
  • The CBCP approved the cancellation of the arancel or the Church’s system of fees for services like wedding, Masses, baptism
  • Bishop Pabillo said the pandemic proved that people will generously donate to the Church if they see there are projects being implemented

Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Manila archdiocese reminded the faithful that they can always avail of the services of the Church for free.

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In the homily during the mass at Binondo Church, Bishop Pabillo revealed that the Church will survive on faith and not fees. He stressed that even with the economic repercussions of the pandemic, the Church survived because of the “generosity of the people.”

He stated, “We have started this process in the archdiocese even before the pandemic. Now we have more reason to pursue it, so that we can become more comfortable with the words of Jesus that we have heard in our gospel today: “What you have received without pay, give without pay.”

Bishop Pabillo shared that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) approved a pastoral statement reiterating the decree to remove the arancel.

Arancel is the Church’s system of fees for church services, such as baptism, confirmation, weddings and Masses.

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Bishop Pabillo explained, “Let us not give the reason that we are in the pandemic and we have little collection. It is not only we who are in the pandemic. Also the poor are in the pandemic, and they suffer all the more. In the 500th anniversary of Christianity we give this gift to the people – that they can avail of the services of the Church for free.”

He went on to say the pandemic has strongly proved that the faithful willingly give to the Church as long as it sees it has programs for the people.