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Tuesday, May 29, 2018



Another look at the Philippine Roman Catholic Church: Have them taxed and transparent



Photo credit: Get Real Philippines!
A blogsite entitled, getRealPhilippines made a perhaps controversial suggestion,

“Perhaps it is high time Filipinos consider forcing the Catholic Church to open itself to public scrutiny — most importantly including its financial affairs. Filipino “activists” make so much noise about the spectres of imperialism, authoritarianism, and absolute corrupted power taking hold in the Philippines. Yet they seem to ignore the elephant in the room practically begging that it be scrutinised. The Philippines’ Roman Catholic Church is all of what these “activists” rail against in their street rallies and then some. It is effectively a foreign-controlled agent that is closed to public scrutiny, upholds and exercises absolute rule, and seemingly operates above Philippine law with impunity. It does not pay taxes yet very likely remits vast sums of money to Rome. That is one big elephant trampling everything Filipino liberals and communists hold dear.”

The highlighted phrases and sentences is what the Philippines is ignoring. The fact that that one must look at the Philippine Roman Catholic Church in another light and not in the light that the church wants us to see.

It has been kind of like a scam that the entire nation has been ignoring since the time of the Spaniards. Tax-free and immune to public scrutiny the church is also foreign-controlled entity (by the Vatican) that sends money from the pockets of poor Filipinos who are praying and hoping betterment in life, believing that the donation may boost their requests to God’s table.

It is just sad that this fact is not limited to the Church itself, businesses and schools under the church’s ownership are also apparently tax-free. Businesses that the church invests probably billions in and schools that fee a students tuition in the thousands per month!
Yet all these are tax-free. It is a huge economical problem isn’t it since all this money goes to the Vatican and not recirculated back to the Philippines. But if there is a loophole in this supposed immunity, it is that the government is actually given the option to tax the church if they wanted to. The only true immunity lies withing“properties devoted exclusively to religious purposes.”

It is possible to tax the schools and businesses or radio stations and publications for, am not so sure, are these businesses purely religious?

Maybe the activists need to be redirected at the doors of the church rather than the doors of the government. If there is one thing that is true and should be acted upon,

“That is one big elephant trampling everything Filipino liberals and communists hold dear.”

Source: getrealphilippines.com