MANILA, Oct. 7, 2014—Despite differing views among her individual members, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA) explained that the Church in the Philipines “remains one.”
“The Church entertains differences in ideas, knowing that these are in the best interest of everyone,” said CBCP-PCPA executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas.
According to him, the Church is open to different comments, suggestions, and perspectives on important issues concerning all in so far as their express objective is the formulation of a collective position that fosters the good of the community.
“At the end of the day, in spite of varying views, leaders of the Church can come up with a unified stand,” he shared.
The priest assured the faithful that contrary opinions in the local Church hierarchy are healthy, and “do not necessarily lead to division”.
“The most important thing is that all bishops know that the Church is one,” Secillano stressed.
Some Catholic prelates have recently been reported to be among the people behind the Cebu-based National Transformation Council (NTC), a group calling on President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) “to step down”, believing he has “lost the moral light to lead the nation”.
While the prelates are also members of CBCP, Secillano clarified that their stand on particular issues does not necessarily reflect that of the institution as a whole. (Raymond A. Sebastián)