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Birth control issue gets internationalized

Filipino bishop claims US prelates support anti-pill stand

Birth control issue gets internationalized
Filipino Catholics join a march against the birth control bill pending in Congress
Julian Labores, Manila

February 10, 2011

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A Filipino bishop claimed that American prelates have joined the Philippine Church’s campaign against the passage of a controversial reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress. Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, head of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Philippine bishops’ conference, said he received a call from Archbishop Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressing support for the anti-birth-control campaign. “He told me they are praying for the Philippine Catholic Church and our advocacy against the RH bill,” said Archbishop Aniceto in an interview on Radio Veritas. "(So) the Catholic bishops of America are one with us in pushing for the protection of the sanctity of life, dignity of the family and the health of our women," he added. Filipino bishops have been vocal in opposing the passage of the RH bill, which they claim supports artificial contraception. Archbishop Aniceto said Cardinal George assured him the US bishops pray that the Filipinos will win the battle against measures that attack the sanctity of life. Archbishop Aniceto said the Catholic Church in the Philippines will do everything to block the passage of the measure that he said pushes “the culture of death.” Related reports Aquino performance ‘average’ from bishops ‘Consumerism’ pulling Filipinos from Church Catholics to march against birth control PM13219.1640
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