MANILA—After being mum in the past few days, one of the highest officials of the Catholic Church broke his silence in the midst of criticisms from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement entitled, “Understanding Silence” released on Sunday, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said:
“There is virtue in silence. There is virtue in speech. Wisdom is knowing when it is time for silence and when is the timing for speech.”
He added, “Mine is the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”
The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) noted, “There is nobility in silence like the silence of the lambs brought to slaughter in the temple to atone for sins.”
Villegas said, “You can understand my speech if you speak the language of silence. You can understand my silence if you know how to love like Him who was born one silent night.
“Silence indeed is the language of God and only those who speak silence will be able to grasp Him.”