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Must try harder, pro-life group tells bishops

Criticism over lack of support and poor coordination reporter, Cebu City

February 1, 2013

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An international lay group advocating "pro-life" initiatives has criticized Catholic bishops over a seeming lack of support.

Rene Bullecer, country director of Human Life International (HLI), said "pro-life" advocates still seek the bishops' "full support" for "sustainable and well coordinated pro-life initiatives."

HLI is the world’s largest international "pro-life and pro-family" organization, with affiliates and associates in over 80 countries.

"Pro-life initiatives [by lay people] must have the full support of the Church hierarchy,” said Bullecer.

He said there are many dioceses, mostly in Luzon and Mindanao, where lay people "lack much-needed support and even plain initiatives" from Church leaders.

Bullecer was responding to a pastoral letter issued by the Catholic bishops’ conference this week urging people to denounce the recent passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

The bishops expressed support for the filing of petitions questioning the legality of the bill, but Bullecer said pro-life initiatives "must also be pro-active, well-coordinated nationwide and sustaining."

He said the campaign to promote Church teachings on the values of family and life should be "geared to effectively counter the present anti-Church and anti-life administration" of President Benigno Aquino.

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