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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Filipino bishops will not concede to 'reproductive health' bill

By Michelle Bauman

Bishop Gabriel Reyes laments the passage of
the RH Bill in a press conference Dec. 17, 2012
with the media.
Credit: Diana Uichanco/CBCPNews. 

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders in the Philippines vowed to continue fighting for life, marriage and family as a controversial “reproductive health” bill passed both houses of Congress in the country.

“If the President will sign this into law, he will give us a moral time bomb wrapped as a gift to celebrate Christmas,” warned Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan.

In a Dec. 18 statement, the archbishop cautioned that although the bill won the support of majorities in the legislature, this “does not mean that they are right.”

“It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of ‘Thou shall not kill’ and ‘Thou shall not commit adultery’ among our families, our youth and children,” he said.

Archbishop Villegas called for efforts to strengthen families and marriages, to educate couples about Church teaching on natural family planning and to educate the young “so that they can stand strong against the threats to their moral fiber.”

“Let us conduct our own sex education of our children insuring that sex is always understood as a gift of God,” he said. “Sex must never be taught separate from God and isolated from marriage.” (...)

Opponents of the bill warned that it would contribute to a breakdown of the family and an increase in a contraceptive mentality and sexual immorality. They also voiced concerns over the health risks posed by artificial birth control and the potential of some contraceptives to cause early abortions. (...)

Full text: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/filipino-bishops-will-not-concede-to-reproductive-health-bill/

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