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Bishops to discuss 'gay marriages'

Prelates map out campaign in support of pope's opposition

CBCP president Jose Palma CBCP president Jose Palma
  • Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre, Roxas City
  • Philippines
  • January 11, 2012
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Catholic prelates are to convene soon to discuss strategies in their campaign against same-sex marriages, the head of the Bishops’ conference said today.

Conference president, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, made the announcement during the installation of Jose Advincula as the new Archbishop of Capiz.

Archbishop Advincula replaces Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo, who served the archdiocese for 25 years.

While no date has yet been set for the gathering, Archbishop Palma said the bishops will have to meet soon in light of a recent pronouncement by Pope Benedict XVI that gay unions threaten “the future of humanity.”

“It is expected of us … to likewise oppose any plan to legalize same sex ‘marriage’ in this country,” Archbishop Palma said.

In his annual “State of the World” address before diplomats on January 9, the pope talked about the problems plaguing the world. One issue he highlighted was gay marriages.

He said marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and a family is based on that.

The gay rights movement has been slowly making headway in the Philippines with the participation of a gay and lesbian party in 2010 elections.

Unofficial same sex marriages are also being conducted in the mountain city of Baguio in the north and several tourist resorts, officiated by Christian gay priests.

Only recently, the Catholic Church opposed an anti-discrimination bill in Congress, arguing it would lead to same sex marriages.
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