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Filipino bishops told: return funds as well as cars from government office

Catholic World News - July 14, 2011

Bishops in the Philippines, who are returning cars that they received as gifts from the government’s Charity Sweepstakes Office, are now being instructed that they should return any money gifts as well.

Senator Franklin Drillon said that the bishops should return any remaining funds from the sweepstakes office immediately. He argued that the gifts could not be regarded as legitimate charitable gifts, because the country’s law forbids government funding of religious charities.

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