MANILA, Nov. 26, 2012 — Political candidates pushing for reproductive health bill will have to contend with the Catholic clergy in getting the public support.
Efforts to “educate” Catholic voters on family and life issues kicked off in some dioceses ahead of the 2013 elections.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said the campaign includes informing the faithful about candidates and their positions on the controversial population control measure opposed by the Church.
“I already told my priests about it. This is an important issue and this is a very good test whether the Philippines is a Catholic country or not,” Bastes said over Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas.
“I hope even those who are not Catholics who believe in the sacredness of life will not vote the politicians pushing for the RH bill,” he said.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles warned politicians against Catholic backlash as he called on the faithful to use the “Catholic vote” against pro-RH bill candidates.
According to him, Catholics should reject candidates who are not following the Church teachings in next year’s local and national polls.
“We must use the Catholic vote and show them what the real Catholic is. There are fake Catholics here, they are the ones ruling in our country,” Arguelles said.
“We can only stop ethnic cleansing, contraceptive mentality, immorality, increasing number of broken families, and promiscuity if we vote for candidates who love life,” he said.
Even retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal previously called on priests and bishops to assert the right of the Church and its teachings about life.
Bastes said he supports Arguelles’ call for a Catholic vote against pro-RH bill politicians.
“This is a very important issue. Once we have the RH bill, the Catholicity of the Philippines will be gone,” he said. (CBCPNews)