Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros’ most noted insolent show off of his character is when he morally and emotionally beleaguered a nun commissioned to duly help him and his parish by the name Sister Maria Rita Rama. The central concern of the issues was the “Lost Pectoral Cross” – the big cross worn by the bishop during ecclesiastical services.
Sister Rita’s plight began when in October 2010 Malolos Chancery underwent certain renovations. Olivero’s personal effects and items need to be transferred to a temporary safekeeping. And the logistics are overseen by Sister Rita. Through the hustle and bustle of the renovation, one item is lost on the way to keeping the bishops’ items, and that is the pectoral cross who have been said to cost P500,000. And how such item cost that much, you just can guess. But the bishop is actually putting his best foot forward in anticipation of a promotion from the Vatican. Oliveros presumed that he would replace the retiring Cebu Archbishop Jose Vidal.
And why Sister Maria Rita Rama found herself in the service of bishop Oliveros, just like any other bishop’s residences, nuns are being commissioned to do service for the residing bishop such as food preparation, laundry, house cleaning and other needs. Sister Rita came from the Divine Shepherd Congregation.
When Oliveros found out that the priced cross was not in it is rightful place despite no signs of break-in, he confronted Sister Rita. The nun refuted, but Oliveros insisted and even used reverse psychology to incur to her thoughts saying, “I know you were only tempted to do it out of poverty.” Sister Rita felt her fresh wounds were littered with salt.
Bringing the situation to the next level, Oliveros sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). She was then subjected to casual civilian interrogation. They took her mugshot. The investigation tolled into Sister Rita’s hapless emotional sanity, derogated her dignity as a nun whose point of interest is only to be a harbinger of God’s goodwill through their service to His higher-ups.
Through the backings of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, Sister Rita was able to painstaking breakthrough her ordeals.
Later on, Oliveros announced that he already found the cross remembering where he placed it. In February 16, 2012, Oliveros issued an “apology” but not that he was wrong, according to him but out of what he called “Christian charity” which he only knew what that means.
Anyway, Oliveros was not appointed as Archbishop of Cebu as he was expecting, but Jaro Archbishop Jose Palma took the throne instead.
Sister Rita left her vocation as a nun of the Divine Shepherd Congregation and already living as a lay person since December 2011.