08 July 2014

If The Pope Can Do It, Why Not Fr. Ubach?

Pope Francis
In this modern world of technological innovations and scientific research, only a few continue to follow strictly the Roman Catholic dogma and the Vatican is doing its best to adopt its policies according to the demands of time.

Pope Francis has delivered several speeches asking for understanding from those who were wronged by the Church in the past and tried to make the Vatican hierarchy more accessible to the masses. However, archaic Catholic priests like Fr. Romeo Ubach of the sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Eversely Child Sanitarium in Cebu are making it hard for the Pope to realize immediate results.

Thanks to the advent of social media and mobile video recording, Fr. Ubach was caught trying his best to humiliate an unwed mother during her baby’s baptism. The baby’s grandmother, Jieve Daitol Frias, uploaded the video in her Facebook account and it immediately caught the attention of several online citizens and became viral in just a few hours with about 11,000 shares already.

It should be worth Fr. Ubach time if he can only surf the web for a few hours and see that his superior, Pope Francis, has baptized the child of an unmarried couple during a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel, in Rome last January 2014.

Unlike Fr. Ubach, the Pope did not utter a single harsh word to the unnamed parents and their child that took part in the traditional Baptism Of The Lord mass with 31 others, commemorating the day St John baptized Jesus. Instead, he gave encouraging and comforting messages to those who are present in the ceremony.

The Pope has previously spoken out to encourage priests to baptize the children of unmarried women in order to pass on the Christian faith, calling those who refuse 'hypocrites'. Did you hear that Fr. Ubach?

According to the Vatican Network, he said: "You parents have the baby boy or girl to be baptized, but in a few years it will be they who will have a baby to be baptized, or a grandchild ... And so goes the chain of faith.“

"What does this mean? I would just tell you this: you are the ones that transmit the faith, the transmitters, you have a duty to pass on the faith to these children. It's the most beautiful legacy that you leave to them: the faith.”

Speaking in the relaxed manner that has become his trademark, Francis broke with the tradition of delivering a long and formal speech, instead reading a short script he had written himself.

In September 2013 the pontiff telephoned an Italian woman to tell her he would personally baptize her child after she became pregnant by a man who was already married. Shop worker Anna Romano, 35, was on holiday when she received the call from the Argentinian Pope.