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December 18, 2012 07:09 AM

MANILA, Dec. 17, 2012—The reproductive health (RH) bill was passed on third reading today at the House of Representatives, with a 133-79 vote in favor of the measure, with seven abstentions.

It was a full house, with nominal voting concluding in less than two hours, and with key people from both sides of the issue present to witness the proceedings.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, chair of CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), who had been attending the proceedings in the last several session days, lamented the voting outcome and the apparent intervention of the Palace.

December 11, 2012 06:42 AM

MANILA, Dec. 10, 2012— Catholic bishops will troop to the House of Representatives on Wednesday as the House of Representatives will try to put the “reproductive health” bill to a vote.

Ironically, the voting on the controversial population control measure falls on the feast day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the unborn.

For the Church, it is a significant day as bishops called on the faithful to pray so that the RH bill will not be passed.

December 6, 2012 02:30 AM

MANILA, Dec. 5, 2012— A Catholic Church official has criticized Malacañang for allegedly pressuring members of the House of Representatives to favor the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission on Family and Life, claimed that the Palace “continues to raid the pro-life ranks” of lawmakers to muster enough votes for the enactment of the measure.

“Malacañang is monitoring the ‘solid’ votes of the anti-RH bill and calls them up and persuades them to soften up because it’s ‘shameful to the Speaker, it’s shameful to the President,” Castro said.

December 5, 2012 03:06 AM

MANILA, Dec. 4, 2012— The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church has joined calls for lawmakers not to rush the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill.

In a statement, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and 15 other bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Manila said that there is a need to discuss the proposed legislation thoroughly.

“We are appealing to the Honorable Representatives to give ample time to deliberations and discernment and not to unduly rush them,” part of the statement reads.

December 1, 2012 04:48 AM

CEBU City, Nov. 29, 2012—The people’s expression of faith and the fervor of their devotion to the new Filipino saint was truly astounding, a Church official said.

The fervent devotion shown by the faithful during the “Duaw Nasud” was truly a religious experience, said Fr. Marvin Mejia, assistant secretary general of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

November 29, 2012 07:15 AM

MANILA, Nov. 27, 2012— Some Catholic bishops sent a powerful message to their critics who are pushing the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill: Do not underestimate us.

Isabela de Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said the birth control measure is a serious issue that must be dealt with by the Church by campaigning against those who are favoring the bill.

“If the bishops are really determined to campaign against those who are pro-RH bill, I think we can come up with a Catholic vote,” Jumoad said.

November 21, 2012 02:14 AM

MANILA, Nov. 20, 2012—Catholic bishops acknowledged Tuesday that the proposed reproductive health (RH) bill has been watered down, but gave no sign they will accept the measure.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) maintained that the birth control measure will remain unacceptable to the Church.

“Despite some amendments, this latest version of the House Bill 4244 is not acceptable because of its bad provisions,” said Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes in a statement.

November 17, 2012 12:21 AM

NAGA City, Nov. 16, 2012―Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, OCD was installed November 14 as fourth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Caceres in a two hour solemn liturgical rites.

Tirona succeeded Dominican Archbishop Leonardo Zamora Legaspi who served as metropolitan bishop of Caceres for 28 years.

The new prelate called on the clergy, religious and laymen and women to further help in making the local church responsive to the needs of the times.

He also expressed his thanks to the “best clergy” he ever knew, the clergy from the Prelature of Infanta, drawing loud applause from the congregation.

October 28, 2012 02:43 AM

MANILA, Oct. 27, 2012— The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has called on its member schools to shun holding Halloween parties.

Fr. Greg Bañaga, CEAP president, said that Catholic institutions should lead in upholding the dignity of deceased persons by not celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day with scary costumes.

October 24, 2012 10:56 PM

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2012— Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle as the Catholic Church’s newest cardinal.

The pontiff elevated Tagle, head of the Philippines’ largest archdiocese, to the College of Cardinals along with 5 other archbishops from different countries.

October 17, 2012 01:44 PM

(A Statement of Catholic Bishops in Mindanao on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro)

We view with vigilant optimism the announcement of a coming peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as the first steps towards forging “a just and lasting peace in Mindanao.” We believe that continuing consultations with all stakeholders are necessary to bring the peace process forward.

September 26, 2012 03:50 AM

MANILA, Sept. 25, 2012— President Benigno Aquino III’s much-vaunted ‘straight path’ campaign would remain a slogan if the government would not pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

In a statement, the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines wondered why Aquino has not certified the FOI as an urgent measure if only to eliminate corruption in the government.

According to the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action – Justice and Peace (Nassa), the measure adheres to the principle of transparency and accountability. 

September 5, 2012 07:29 AM

MANILA, Sept. 4, 2012— A Catholic bishop rejected the touted new version of the reproductive health (RH) bill because of the Church’s uncompromising stand on artificial birth control.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said that even if proponents changed the name RH bill, “it’s still the same measure with the purpose of depopulation.”

August 17, 2012 02:52 AM

MANILA, August 15, 2012— Senator Vicente Sotto III has won praise from ranking Catholic bishops for his expose surrounding the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

Sotto, in the continuation of his speech Wednesday, revealed the various international lobby groups behind the measure and their motives that would allow abortions to be performed in the country.

July 14, 2012 11:48 PM

MANILA, July 13, 2012—The world’s largest international pro-life organization has launched a campaign to defend the rights of women, in response to yet another massive effort by the British government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to carry out its depopulation agenda in developing nations.

June 28, 2012 09:50 AM

MANILA, June 27, 2012— There is nothing wrong with the Aquino administration helping other countries but it should first prioritize the needs of the country, at least two Catholic bishops said.

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said it would be better for President Benigno Aquino III to address first the pressing problems of the country that needs immediate attention.

June 28, 2012 09:45 AM

MANILA, June 27, 2012— An attempt to intimidate some witnesses to the murder of Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio last year by threatening them with death was revealed Wednesday by the victim’s fellow missionary.

In a radio interview, Fr. Peter Jeremiah of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Mission said some people accused in the crime continue to make threats, as the investigation is ongoing.

June 25, 2012 08:27 PM

MANILA, June 25, 2012— The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has sought the “immediate” transfer of “Mali,” a 38-year-old elephant from Manila Zoo to a sanctuary in Thailand.

“Mali might have a few years to live but these remaining years will be more expressive of man’s compassion towards God’s other creatures,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

June 25, 2012 08:22 PM

MANILA, June 22, 2012—Private colleges and universities will be financially challenged to maintain their operation and compensate their teaching staff with the expected decrease of enrollees starting 2017.

Administrators of private schools offering tertiary education, including those under the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), said they are bracing for the expected drop in freshman admissions as a result of the implementation of Kindergarten to 12 (K to 12) basic education program this school year.

May 30, 2012 04:44 PM

MANILA, May 30, 2012— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on government leaders to be more transparent with their assets following the removal from office of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Acknowledging that the Aquino administration is trying to root out corruption in the government, Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, emphasized that good government starts with honesty and transparency.

May 30, 2012 04:42 PM

MANILA, May 30, 2012―Now that the impeachment trial is over, it’s time for everyone to move on and put the interest of the country forward, the head of the country’s Catholic bishops said.

Even as the trial has brought division among Filipinos, now is the time for opposing camps to reach out to one another in a spirit of friendship and put the good of the country ahead of personal interest, according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

May 30, 2012 04:38 PM

MANILA, May 29, 2012— The removal of Chief Justice Renato Corona from his position should serve as a lesson for all public officials, a ranking Catholic bishop said.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that transparency and the virtue of honesty should be the foremost lessons political leaders should learn from Corona.

May 28, 2012 02:11 AM

MANILA, May 27, 2012—Some Catholic prelates expressed optimism that the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona would teach appropriate lessons to everyone in government service.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra told CBCPOnline Radio, that "God allowed these events to happen so that the evil done and the evil intent of men will be uncovered and Truth will come out and Justice is vindicated."

May 26, 2012 04:50 AM

MANILA, May 24, 2012— A Catholic priest and human rights advocate expressed dissatisfaction with the Aquino administration’s actions, or lack of it, to arrest fugitive retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan.

Solidarity Philippines lead convenor Fr. Joe Dizon criticized the slow pace of manhunt for Palparan, and accused the government of not doing enough effort into arresting the general.