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Catholic prelate says mass wine will not get a priest intoxicated

MANILA, May 31 — A senior Catholic prelate said Friday mompo or mass wine will not get a priest intoxicated even if he officiated three masses in a day.

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said it is impossible that a priest will get drunk from drinking mompo as the mass wine is not pure grape juice as they add water to it.

“Hindi naman nakakalasing tsaka wala naman lasa e,” he said.

The prelate explained that priests pour not more than two to three tablespoons of mass wine and water in the chalice.

“’Yung mompo na ginagamit para sa consecration unang una hindi naman talaga pure grape juice yun may dagdag na tubig na. Ikalawa, pagka ginamit ng pari sa chalice talagang konti lang ang laman wala pa sigurong 2 or 3 kutsara tapos lalagyan ‘yun ng tubig,” Cruz said.

He added that even if the priest celebrated three masses in a day, usually during Sundays, mompo will not get him dizzy as there are intervals in holding masses.

“Ang misa ng mga pari kapag lingo karaniwan 3 misa pero kapag simpleng araw isa lang kaya its practically impossible that the priest will get drunk because of celebrating mass,” the former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

He said it will be acceptable to him if ever a priest was arrested for being drunk.

“Yes, the law is the law. Tamang hulihin ‘yung paring lasing pero imposible na nalasing ‘yun dahil sa mompo. Iba nakalasing dun,” he said.

On the other hand, Fr. Genaro Diwa, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Liturgy noted that the alcohol content of the mass wine is only 12 percent.

“Mahina lang ang alcohol content ng mass wine, 12 percent lang. I do not think it can affect his driving,” he added.

On Thursday, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10586, or an Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, and Other Similar Substances.

The law seeks to promote safe and responsible driving as well as curb motor vehicle accidents. (PNA)


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