Church to Aquino: Talks are off
Catholics voice dismay at decision to make reproduction bill passage a priority
ucanews.com reporters, Manila
August 17, 2011
"I think the chances [of dialogue] are very slim because [Aquino] himself slammed the door shut with this [decision]," said Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the bishops’ conference’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.
Aquino yesterday said he wanted "expeditious action" on the priority measures he submitted to Congress, including the reproductive health (RH) bill.
"This is very painful because he said in his [State of the Nation Address] that he wants dialogue with us, and even lauded some Catholic Church leaders," Father Castro said.
"It seems he didn’t really want dialogue and this proves it," he added.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, the next president of the bishops' conference, expressed dismay at Aquino’s decision.
"I am saddened that the RH bill is one of the priorities submitted in Congress," the prelate said as he called on the faithful to strongly oppose the passage of the measure.
"I personally would like to exhort the many people who believe in the cause of the Lord, the values that the Gospel preaches and the stand that we have been defending these months to rally to this cause," Archbishop Palma said.
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