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Priest wrap the ivory figurine of Jesus with old stinky underwear w/ ketchup smuggled

Philippines to question priest over ivory trade
(AP) – 1 hour ago
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities will question a Roman Catholic priest about ivory smuggling after his collection of ivory religious icons was featured in National Geographic magazine, an investigator said Wednesday.
Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, who rose to prominence in a Philippine archdiocese despite a U.S. sex abuse case in the 1980s, is quoted in the October issue of the magazine as describing how to bring ivory figurines into the United States.
National Bureau of Investigation officer Sixto Comia said that authorities are investigating the origin of ivory icons widely used in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. He said Garcia will be questioned but declined to give further details.
An international ban on trade in ivory and elephant tusks has been in effect since 1990.
Customs officials have intercepted more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of elephant tusks in two separate smuggling attempts in 2005 and 2009. A security guard in a government agency where part of the 4,000 kilograms from the 2009 shipment was stolen is facing criminal charges, Comia said.
Archbishop Jose Palma, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said Garcia should be given a "fair and just hearing."
"The church does not condone ivory smuggling or other illegal activities, although in the past, ivory was one of the materials used in the adornment of liturgical worship," he said.
Garcia, who is based in Talisay city in Cebu province, is reportedly ill and in a hospital.
He was expelled from the Dominican order in 1986 after he allegedly sexually abused an altar boy in Los Angeles, California. He remains a priest but Palma said Garcia's "past" case is being investigated by the Vatican.
In the Philippines' Archdiocese of Cebu, Garcia founded the Society of the Angel of Peace and is chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship.
In the National Geographic article, Garcia was quoted suggesting how an ivory figurine of the child Jesus may be smuggled out of the country.
"Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it. ... This is how it is done," Garcia was quoted as saying.
The report also said Garcia suggested that a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines could be obtained to declare a religious image an antique, or an ivory carver could issue a document saying it was made before the ban.
A fellow priest, the Rev. Brian Brigoli, curator of the Cebu Cathedral Museum, said he doesn't believe Garcia would be involved in illegal trade. He said Garcia's collection includes donations and those he personally purchased during his travels abroad.
"I know he is very keen on provenance," Brigoli said of his mentor. "He would not get if there is some question on provenance."
As a "serious collector" of ivory icons, Garcia "knows a lot about how to smuggle, but he is not the one doing it," Brigoli said.


  • FenixFenix Member PExer
    Disgusting. That is all.
  • jihadwatchjihadwatch Banned by Admin PExer
    Ano ba gusto nyo gawin namin?
    Akyat sa wall ng embassy na parang unggoy?
    Suicide bomb sa isang bus na punong puno ng non-catholics, kahit walang kinalaman idamay sila?
    Pang retard lang yun. haha

    Kasalanan ng pari na yan kanya lang yan. Ang nagexpose pa nga sa kanya madre eh. Ang ugat, pinaguugatan ng tunay na Kristyano si Hesus mismo at di nya magagawa ang nagawa ng gaya ng pari na yan. Nga lang... sa Islam badtrip, pagbukas nila ng Quran, ganun din makikita nila terrorist din at isang Muhammad na galit sa mga non muslims gaya nila kaya walang pagbabago.. sa Christianity may sariling pagtatama sa mga mali. Hindi gaya sa Atheist at Islam na mahilig sa "ban" "delete" "block" kasi bawal ang freedom of expression, kasi kapag meron nun, patas na at sureball talo sila.

    Ang buo kong kasagutan <link

    In the first place sino ba ang mga pasimunong mga anak ng poachers na yan??? Di ba mga jihadis din? Para may pampondo sa kanilang stup?d jihad sa Africa?
  • Ghost RiderGhost Rider Spirit of Vengeance PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Kaya nga sabi ko anti-environment talaga ang simbahan eh, kunwari pa, tulad sa mining, anti daw sila, look who's addicted to silver and gold, ang daming kasangkapang gawa sa silver at gold. Galit sa malalaking minahan na legal pero sa small scale mining walang pakialam, *** kasing donasyon at makikikil sa mga small scale miners.
  • jihadwatchjihadwatch Banned by Admin PExer
    Anong walang ginawa sa kalikasan?
    Andami ng mga pari at tao ng diyos na nagbuwis ng buhay para sa kalikasan.
    Si Fausto Tentorio pari.
    Gerry Ortega rin..

    Pari sa amin laging sumisigaw pinapagalitan ang mga illegal loggers.
    Walang MUSLIM ang namatay para sa kalikasan. WALA. Retarded kasi Muhammad nila. Pasabugin lang sarili dahil sa drawing at youtube video papatayin mga walang kinalaman.... meron sila nun marami. haha

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