MY BIG MOUTH by Ramon Tulfo
Richmond Nilo was a Catholic priest, a man among men, a man of action. Like Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, he was murdered.
The cowards shot through a window of the Nuestra de Senora de la Nieve Chapel, in Nueva Ecija, killing Fr. Nilo while he was preparing to celebrate mass on a Thursday. Fr. Nilo was the third priest to be killed in six months.
People say it may have been about a land dispute, or because he helped a rape victim.
The third angle that the police are looking into is disturbing. It is that it may have been about his debates with representatives of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). Fr. Nilo was known for questioning some of the fundamental beliefs of the INC.
He knew that he lived a dangerous life. He accepted it as part of his calling.
My first article in this blog was about my respect and admiration for Felix Manalo, the founder of the INC. I should make it clear that my admiration also extends to his son, Erano "Ka Erdy," and his grandson, Eduardo "Ka Eddy."
Ka Erdy initiated land reform programs, and extended the INC's reach across the world. He was at the helm when the INC went on air in 1969, and when the New Era University was founded in 1974. The Central Temple was built in his time.
He was a man who believed that the INC's money should be used to do good, to create institutions and infrastructure that would benefit the INC.
His son, Eduardo "Ka Eddy" Manalo, continued his father's work for the INC, by extending the INC's reach into the internet. More churches have been built abroad, and the Philippine Arena was put up.
The Manalo family should be recognized for their vision and will.
This is why I do not think that the Manalo family members are directly involved in Fr. Nilo's death. If the INC were involved, it would be because of other people.
These are the brigands, the rogues within the church. They disgrace the INC.
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It is healthy for the representatives of different Churches to debate with each other, in order to reach an understanding.
But if it is true, that Fr. Nilo was shot because of the machinations of a cabal in another Church, then that's asking for a dangerous situation.
Days before he was murdered, he challenged INC representatives to a public debate.
If that was the reason for his murder, then the cabal within the INC does not respect freedom of expression which is enshrined in our Constitution.