Murcia priests denying
sacraments to officials
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The two Catholic priests assigned in Murcia, Negros Occidental, will not allow Mayor Andrew Montelibano and other town officials to receive the sacraments.
In his sermon at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church yesterday, Fr. Greg Patiño asked how he and Fr. Agustin Hinayan, parochial vicar, can give sacraments to people who have rejected them for campaigning against the proliferation of illegal drugs and gambling in Murcia.
On June 3, Montelibano, Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas and Association of Barangay Captains president, Luis Antonio Gonzaga, asked Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra to transfer Patiño and Hinayan out of their town. They said the two were using the pulpit, sacraments and religious activities inappropriately to create a false image of Murcia as a drug and illegal gambling haven.