A Catholic Blind Eye on Illegal Mining

In the Catholic diocese of Marbel in South Cotabato Province in Central Mindanao, parish priests regularly demonize the large-scale mining companies seeking natural resources in the province. Some priests have gone as far as barring employees of the mining companies from Sunday Mass. In Zamboanga Province, dioceses have reportedly refused to hold mass or to administer church services in areas where large-scale, licensed companies are operating.

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