The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a warning on Saturday, January 28, against the so-called “cancel culture” in his address before the CBCP plenary assembly.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, CBCP president, said the “cancel culture” has become a negative trend in society through the influence of social media.
“Nowadays, with a click of a finger, it is so easy to simply unfollow, unfriend, or cancel out the social media account of anyone who represents a contrary opinion,” said the prelate.
“It is the exact opposite of synodality in the sense that it stops any further dialogue or conversation,” he said.
He reminded the bishops that being “supreme bridge-builder” is a role not only exclusive to the pope.
“We are ourselves called to participate in his role as a supreme bridge-builder, a facilitator of dialogue, reconciliation and communion in the local Churches entrusted to our care,” he added.
In January 2022, Pope Francis made the same warning on “cancel culture,” which the pontiff said is “invading many circles and public institutions.”
“As a result, agendas are increasingly dictated by a mindset that rejects the natural foundations of humanity and the cultural roots that constitute the identity of many people,” he said in his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps.
About 80 bishops are currently gathered at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila for their 125th plenary assembly.
The gathering marks their second face-to-face meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Among those present in the meeting are Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila and Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the archbishop emeritus of Cotabato.
Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, also delivered his address to the assembly at the start of the day’s session.