World Responding to PH Catholic Ivory Scandal

Priest Investigated in Ivory-Smuggling Inquiry in Philippines

By FLOYD WHALEY, New York Times

MANILA — Philippine law enforcement officials said on Wednesday that they were investigating whether a senior priest in the Roman Catholic Church was involved in the smuggling of elephant ivory to feed the country’s passion for religious icons.

The investigation was prompted by an article in the October issue of National Geographic magazine that…

The Catholic News Service runs this story, which has already garnered important response from the midwest assoc director of SNAP. Also in the US, the Washington Post has its own recap in Business.

Papers, columnists, and blogs in the Philippines range in reaction to Blood Ivory’s expose from “it’s about time” to “why pick on us?” to this is “anti-Catholic bias” to this is the work of the devil

These last reactions, some of which come from the Archdiocese of Cebu and even from the Archbishop, are the most interesting.  If there is a devil at work in the world wouldn’t he come down on the side of pedophiles or elephant poachers?

One thought on “World Responding to PH Catholic Ivory Scandal

  1. Bryan Christy’s article on ivory smuggling in the Philippine and quoting a Catholic priest as his source is the worst document i have ever read. Dirty tactics of igniting readers but very baseless and dishonest. Christy just prove his defective way of writing just to get reader’s attention. As an example:
    He mentioned that holy water is being sold by the Catholic Church ( this is very wrong, we don’t buy such in the first place we don’t use it everyday), he also mentioned that Cris Garcia is a well-known ivory collector in the Philippines (he is not even known to Filipino people). I think this writer needs to evaluate his credibility again he has not prove anything yet.

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