PASAY City, Oct. 2, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (ECID), will be at the frontline of an interfaith forum scheduled on October 11, Saturday, at the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.
In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, CBCP-ECID Executive Secretary Fr. Carlos Reyes shared that the upcoming interfaith forum, which is set to gather leaders of the country’s various religious denominations, seeks to discuss the “positive role of religion on culture and society”.
Reyes detailed that the meeting will zoom in on important issues affecting the country like climate change, the peace and order situation, good governance, and disaster response.
According to the priest, society and culture are “indebted to religion.”
Reyes stressed that religion serves an indispensable function in helping resolve problems confronting the Philippines.
Religion, he explained, provides people with moral precepts that guide them in their actions.
Reyes also pointed out that each person has a right to choose his or her religion. (Raymond A. Sebastián)