Catholic Church may call for ‘civil disobedience’ to RH Bill supporters

By on Oct 4, 2010 in Current Events, Events, World Comments

The Catholic Church in the Philippines may call for ‘civil disobedience’ to RH Bill supporters including President Noynoy Aquino, as announced on the CBCP website.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Phillipines (CBCP) said in a statement that ‘civil disobedience is an option’ if PNoy will finally approve the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill authored by Albay Congressman Edcel Lagman.

PNoy, who is vocal about being convinced with the said bill, recently said he will soon designate an official representative to have a meeting with Catholic bishops regarding the bill.

“In line with the promise to dialogue with the bishops, the President (PNoy) will designate an official representative to arrange a meeting with the bishops,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda, said in an interview.

Meanwhile, some Catholic Church leaders also expressed their supposed action against the RH bill.

In an interview last week, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez Jr., head of the CBCP public affairs unit reportedly said that they ‘will advise Catholics not to follow the RH bill once it becomes law’.

Similarly, Lipa Archbishop Ramon V. Arguelles was said to be calling his faithful church members to prepare for ‘mass actions’ against the Aquino government if PNoy continues to agree with the controversial Reproductive Health bill and all population control measures.

Earlier, hundreds of people including parents and student, along with San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto flocked to Quiapo Church and made a ‘pro-life’ prayer rally.

The archbishop said that PNoy should follow his mother, the late former President Cory Aquino on the family issues.

However, this did not seem to get a lot of attention as what Carlos Celdran did in the middle of a mass at the Manila Cathedral last week.

Celdran, a tourist guide by profession, wore a Jose Rizal suit, stood in front of the altar with a placard having ‘Damaso’ on it.

Later, he admitted doing it purposely as a protest to the Catholic Church for its involvement on the RH bill.

He was detained by the Manila police, but was later released after posting a P6,000 bail.

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