- Religion and Philosophy
Why Answering the Most Important Questions in the World may Seem Impossible
Who is Glyzelle Palomar?
I stopped watching the news when it has been already a week when there is nothing in it but about the coming of the Pope in the Philippines. I decided to watch international feeds instead... however, this one news report caught my attention immediately.
Pope Francis, one of today's most loved individuals, bringing hope to everyone else, has been dubbed to be the answer to many Filipino's prayers. A reason why both the faithful and the mere watchers come together to gather where the Pope is scheduled to hold a public mass. Grand programs have been prepared to make sure that everyone benefits from the speech.
Glyzelle Palomar, the 12 year old girl, who is a ward at the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, was one of four other children who were given the chance to present a speech to the public during the Pope's visit.
What Glyzelle prepared for the Pope to hear and for the people to give attention to raised a distinct sense of query regarding life's realities. Coming from a child, her presentation cannot be any more sincere than how she has delivered her question. She asked:
Bakit po pumapayag ang Diyos na may ganitong nangyayari dahil walang kasalanan ang mga bata (Why does God allow things like this to happen, when children are not even at fault?)
She raised this question after pointing out the fact that a large percentage of children in the Philippines get abandoned by their parents and are later on subjected to drugs and prostitution at such an early age.
What Makes the Question Controversial?
The question of Glyzelle Palomar was rather striking as it presented the realities of life that even the leaders of the country failed to give attention to.
True, the Filipino community prepared for the visit as much as they could, spent millions of money ensuring the Pope's security, making sure that the event would go successfully. In short, everything has been prepared for, except for this compelling question from a rather ordinary individual, a child whose voice might have been neglected for a long time.
How did the Pope respond?
He addressed the query through saying that it is just right to weep with those who are suffering, to make way for tears when life's adversities come into account and challenges the willingness of one to survive.
Through this response, it is obvious that the Pope himself struggled to answer the question.
Why is this so? is it true that there is no particular response to this question?
Being the child that she is, Glyzelle was more focused on how the Pope made her feel when he hugged her; to the point that she exclaimed that he is like God.
But among the crowd, members of the audience and onlookers began to ask, what really was the answer to that compelling question? Should they be amazed at how the Pope handled the query, or should they ask further as their longing for such an important question was not responded to accordingly?
There is an answer....
The most compelling part of the question that Palomar raised is the fact that shows how the "innocent ones suffer". True to its sense, the children had nothing to do with what their parents did, but why are they suffering? Why is God permitting such events to happen?
The response is noted at Job 34:10 that says It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly.
Further discussion of this response shall be presented in the hub that follows.
Speech from Young Children to the Pope
for the mean time, it would be helpful to look through these series of articles that corresponds to the topic raised in this discussion:
Do you think the Pope answered the question of the little girl?
Given the chance to clear off particular issues that are sure to give hope to the thinking of the oppressed and the young children, do you think the response of the pope was sufficient enough?