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Church eyes natural family planning drive

Filipino Catholics to hold seminar to plot response to ’responsible parenthood bill’

Church eyes natural family planning drive
Archbishop Pacino Aniceto (left) urging priests to attend the natural family planning seminar
Julian Labores, Manila

January 26, 2011

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In response to the government’s “responsible parenthood” bill, the Catholic Church is to step up its campaign to promote natural family planning (NFP). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said priests and religious are to attend a seminar that will help them convince couples to use NFP. “The seminar entitled ‘Appreciating the Gift of NFP’ is scheduled to be held on Feb. 8 and 22 at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium in Makati City,” the CBCP said. It said the seminar will demonstrate the Church is not only stressing artificial contraception violates Catholic teachings; it also harms women’s bodies and the environment. Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, archbishop of Manila, called on his priests to attend the seminar in a circular dated Jan. 17. The Manila Archdiocese’s Commission on Family and Life John Paul II Natural Family Planning Center, is helping to organize the seminar. “This is part of our pro-active response to the challenge of fostering a genuine civilization of life and love,” Cardinal Rosales said. Cardinal Rosales also stressed the need for the NFP seminar as discussions and debates on a controversial reproductive health heat up.   Related reports Filipinos urged to protect families from state control Church forms alliance against RH bill Couples find strength in marriage counseling PM13041.1638
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