Now I know who he is. He is Fr. Arnold Abelardo, CMF, or a Claretian. He is the well-loved chaplain of the National Orthopedic Center. He is a campaign volunteer of Pres. Noynoy Aquino. He went with the then candidate Noynoy to every campaign sortie.
But what I noticed was, in the available photos and videos of the priest, he was always wearing a yellow stole! For whatever reason he had it on, I had no idea.
Bishops, priests and deacons were the stole ONLY during liturgical and paraliturgical celebrations where they are the celebrant and concelebrant.
ONLY THE POPE WEARS A STOLE IN NON LITURGICAL FUNCTIONS!!!
Read about liturgical rules of stoles by clicking here and here.
Now, for the love of...Why would this priest wear a stole, albeit yellow, for a non liturgical function???
Here is a news video of Fr. Arnold. Notice that he even wears a chasuble while acting as close in security of Noynoy Aquino.
I don't mind him working for a presidential candidate nor am I attacking his work as chaplain. He is doing a great job. he does. A friend who works at the NOC says he is a friendly and very approachable guy.
But when it comes to liturgical laws, boy he needs a LOT OF REMINDERS.
If priests who lay Catholics look up to when it comes to the laws of the Church are the very ones who violate it, then who are we not to?
LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE, PLEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEE!!!!