I saw this yesterday going the rounds in Facebook.
To those who do not understand Taglish (yes, Taglish, because the post begins with the conjunctive adverb “so”), what this character called Mark Fernández meant was simply this: if you don’t pay a hundred bucks, your prayers won’t reach heaven, and that’s the reason why he doesn’t trust organized religion anymore.
All this because of that “MASS INTENTION MINIMUM Php 100.00” sign by the glass window of what appears to be a parish office.
We understand what he was trying to imply here: Church corruption. This kind of anti-Catholic social media post, of course, is no longer unusual. We encounter it from time to time. Cayá siguro dapat na patulan co na. 😎
I might agree with Mark that the sign is a bit off, especially because of the word “minimum”. But I’m sure that even without that word, he would have posted this anyway. Gustong sumicat, eh. So let me say this: before making #SuperBoboPosts such as this one, please be informed that Mass intentions and other similar DONATIONS (emphasis meant for the intention of the #SuperBoboNetizen) go to the maintenance of the parish. They need it to pay for electricity and water bills, documentation fees, salary for church helpers (janitors, church workers, etc.), procurement of church supplies (candles, incense, vestments, etc.). So the bigger the church, the larger the bills for maintenance. Hence the amount they charge for church services.
But the Mass per se cannot be paid for. Money cannot save souls nor can they bring prayers to heaven. That is impossible and hilarious. Such accusations can only be thought of by a #SuperBoboNetizen like this Mark character and everybody else who agrees with him. Mass intentions can be free. If you have no means to pay for baptismal ceremonies, weddings, etc., all you need to do is to talk to the parish priest.
But then, if all church activities are free, how could a parish even sustain itself? Are you willing to donate even 10% of your salary to help out your parish? Have you thought about that? Of course not. Because it is easier to make #SuperBoboComments rather than think.
I have a suggestion, though: if you can’t stand these LOWLY church payments, simply walk away and go join a sect/cult. Many of them, by the way, will FORCE you to give them 10% of your salary on the pains of being excommunicated / expelled / condemned to the pits. As you can see, the Catholic Church is NOT forcing anyone to give them money. Go compare that to other sects/cults.
So marriage has a fee… how many times did you get married? So baptism has a fee… how many times was your child baptized? You only get to die once; are you going to be charged by your parish for eternity just to be buried? During Mass collections, are you even FORCED to shell out coins?
If you will keep count of all the money you’ve donated during Masses your whole lifetime, it would surprise me to death if it would amount to more than a hundred bucks.
Libre ang mag-isíp. It exercises the mind as well and will even help you avoid making #SuperBoboComments. 😉