IN one of his final acts as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has issued a decree abolishing the arancel system or the practice of giving stipends to priests for specific Church services.
“There will no longer be any fixed rates for the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation and for the offering of Mass intentions in the churches in the Archdiocese of Manila,” Pabillo said.
Instead, the bishop said they will just encourage the faithful to extend donations.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan as well as several archdioceses and dioceses have abolished the system.
There are about 92 churches under the Archdiocese of Manila, which covers the cities of Manila, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong and San Juan.
The new policy will take effect on April 14, as the Roman Catholic Church marks 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.
“Let this be one of the legacies of our quincentennial celebration of the arrival of the Christian faith in our country,” Pabillo added.
Hindrance for the poor
Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said that the fixed amount asked for Church services “can be a hindrance for the poor to receive God’s grace and blessings.”
Pabillo is set to relinquish his post as apostolic administrator after Pope Francis named Cardinal Jose Advincula of Capiz as the new archbishop of Manila.
The appointment was made public in Rome at 12 noon (7 p.m. in Manila) on Thursday, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Advincula will succeed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who was appointed by Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican, last Friday.
The archdiocese has been without an archbishop since Tagle left for Rome to assume his new assignment in February 2020.