Just so you know, I'm not siding anyone here. This is just a self-analysis that ran for the past few days:
Of course people extend help to anyone in need. On one hand is the claimant of being "the largest charitable institution in the world"--the Catholic Church; on the other, one of the few legit number games being subscribed by millions and millions of Filipinos--which is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Now, everyone is aware that there is a conflict between these two charitable institutions just because a bishop of the said Church allegedly purchased an SUV, presumably for good intentions and unselfish purposes.
Now here comes the people who sensationalized this actually small issue in the hopes of discrediting religious organizations; besides, they have hatred for the Church--the Catholic Church, that is--just because it is the trend or they really have reasons of their own. In effect, people are glued to the media and started thinking like: "What the hell is going on?" or "Why in the world do these guys make a headline out of this? Isn't there something else?" and so on.
But before a further mudslinging, let me ask: Do we have faults of our own that makes us unworthy of accusing someone for a misconduct he or she intentionally or unintentionally made? This is actually the reflectionary worth of a story in the Gospels where the Jews made Christ decide if the woman they caught of adultery be stoned to death or not; of course, with the corresponding consequences in His part. And what did He said? "Whoever is without sin, cast the first stone." (John 8:7)
And you know what happened next.
It is not the bishops or the PCSO who share the burden of the problem: It is the people who just made this issue worse in the hopes of promoting a different kind of atheism and agnosticism--even a different kind of Christianity deviant to what is true. These people cannot mind their own businesses so they mind others'.
And anyway, which is more speculative: A bishop having an SUV (not necessarily received from PCSO) for practical purposes or someone in the government who had a Porsche for luxury but sold it away due to criticism?