MANILA, Nov. 26, 2010â€”Supporters of reproductive health (RH) bill are welcome to attend Saturdayâ€™s prayer vigil for the sanctity of life organized by one of the countryâ€™s biggest Catholic lay organization.
Retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani, however, warned that organizers will not hesitate to drive them away if they try to interrupt the gathering.
â€œIf they are going there for the worship service, we will respect that but they should not do anything that would disrupt the vigil,â€ Bacani said.
Members of the religious group El Shaddai and various â€œpro-lifeâ€ groups will gather in Paranaque City on November 27 for a prayer vigil against RH bill which promotes contraception.
The gathering is a response to the call of Pope Benedict XVI for all Catholics worldwide to join the prayer vigil for â€œAll Nascent of Human Lifeâ€ on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent.
Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Last September 30, famous tour guide Carlos Celdran interrupted a Mass at the Manila Cathedral to protest the Catholic hierarchyâ€™s call against the passage of the controversial measure.
Celdran took several bishops by surprise when he went near the altar and raised the placard with the word â€œDamaso,â€ as he repeatedly shouted â€œStop involving yourselves in politics.â€
This was followed again on Nov. 20, when a group of RH bill advocates tried to get inside the cathedral where a prayer vigil against RH bill was being held.
Supporters and opponents of the measure went head to head and exchanged harsh words, as RH bill advocates forced to enter the church.
The supporters of the reproductive health bill were wearing t-shirts with â€œDamasoâ€ printed on them and the statement â€œPass the RH bill Now.â€
The demonstrators finally decided to leave the cathedral after about 10 minutes of confrontation and as more participants of the forum went out of the church to drive them away.
According to Bacani, said actions by pro-RH advocates are â€œutter impolitenessâ€ as he appealed to them not to do such disrespect again. (CBCPNews)