Church calls for fasting vs RH bill

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MANILA, Dec. 2, 2012— With Malacañang taking an extra mile to pass the “reproductive health” bill, the Catholic Church on Sunday called for days of fasting and prayer against the controversial measure.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said all believers are called to discover the weapons of prayer and fasting to uphold the sanctity of life.

“Let us beseech God to protect life, family, marriage and the youth in our country,” said Reyes, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL).

The CBCP official made the statement ahead of a meeting in Malacañang between President Benigno Aquino III and his allies in Congress on Monday.

Church officials believed that Aquino will push for a vote on the population control measure.

Reyes also said that Congress will discuss the “substitute” RH bill on the same day and vote on it.

“Let us pray and fast on Monday and the following days so that our lawmakers will not pass the bill,” he said.

Aquino earlier admitted his scheduled meeting with lawmakers but said he would not pressure his allies to vote for the passage of the RH bill, which seeks to promote the use of artificial contraceptives.

Fr. Melvin Castro, ECFL executive secretary, also claimed that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile may be ousted from his post for opposing the RH bill.

“We have also received a report of moves to oust Senator Enrile as Senate President because of (his) opposition to the RH bill,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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