CBCP agreed with the Palace’s call for ceasefire on the RH bill
The Catholic Bishops agreed to pause and keep from issuing further statements until they have a dialogue with President Aquino on the proposed reproductive health (RH) bill. The ceasefire however does not compromise the church’s stand against the bill, they said.
Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda confirmed that a dialogue is being arranged by a representative for a meeting with the President and the bishops.
The family planning controversy has escalated to a heated exchange of words from each other’s camps, i.e., The Church and The State, since the passing of RH bill in congress..
CBCP President Nereo Odchimar has threatened the President of the State, Benigno Aquino III, of a possible excommunication should the latter pursue with his plans of promoting the distribution of the contraceptives.
Although, Lacierda mentioned that Aquino is against abortion, the bishops maintain its opposing stance against the passing of the bill. Bishop Castro warned of protest actions if the dialogue fails.
Lacierda calls for sobriety on the issue. He was also steadfast in supporting the President’s decision in educating the public of responsible parenthood. He said that the President’s decision will not change. He stressed that the state will render assistance to the public if so requires, be it natural or artificial family planning.