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Dioceses step up catechesis to counter more ‘death bills’ in House

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ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 22, 2013—With the newly-minted RH Law now in effect, the dioceses are getting ready to dig in their heels to oppose more death bills pending for the 16th Congress, such as divorce, same sex marriage and euthanasia. 

“Essentially, the response is to step up on evangelization, formation. The catechetical effort should be more comprehensive and intensive,” said CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro in Filipino.

To kick off this effort, the 4th ECFL National Conference this February 25-28 will focus on the legal implications of R.A. 10354 or the RH Law; the Church’s teachings on marriage and homosexuality; as well as a framework on how Catholics should be involved in political life.

According to Fr. Castro, the passage of the RH Law, despite being truly regrettable, is galvanizing Catholics to stand against the other so-called death bills being proposed in Congress.

More ‘death bills’ 

House Bill 1799 or the divorce bill, authored by Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan proposes to legalize divorce in the country, amending the Family Code.

Another one of the ‘death bills’, SBN 3156 or the ‘end of life care’ bill, authored by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, notably proposes that patients should be allowed to stop eating and drinking when they are “too sick.”

The conference will feature Bp. Teodoro Bacani who will talk about how Catholics should participate in political life; Fr. Roque Villanueva will focus on what the passage of the RH Law really means; Abp. Oscar Cruz will discuss marriage, divorce and annulment; Rep. Milagros Magsaysay will share insights on the legislative process of R.A. 10354; Prof. Rosa Linda Valenzona will present what the Church teaches about homosexuality and gender issues; and lastly, a testimony of conversion will be given by Rolando de los Reyes.

It is also the first time the ECFL national conference is open to lay groups involved in family apostolate and not just diocesan family and life directors.

More than a hundred diocesan family and life directors all over the country will be attending the conference, which will be held at the St. Michael retreat house in Antipolo City. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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2 Responses to Dioceses step up catechesis to counter more ‘death bills’ in House

  1. CATHOLIC VOTE: @200K H4 85ET
    (85 Ecclesiastical Territories to produce 200,000 votes each )

    STRATEGY: With less cost, multiply rapidly and go large scale… nationwide
    1. BACKGROUND: From CBCP statement & newspaper reports

    CBCP: “It is the position the Church …We support and encourage the participation of the laity in electing competent and morally upright candidates who are faithful to their correct and informed conscience.”
    CBCP will support initiatives to choose ‘worthy candidates’

    CBCP also is in interested of the Catholic Vote


    The Catholic Vote may start dividing the Senatoriables into ‘DEATHS CANDIDATES’ and ‘PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES’

    How to do this?

    Send survey forms/questionnaires re their stand on issues involving DEATHS concerns (Divorce, Euthanasia, Abortion(RHB), Total Reproductive Health, Same sex marriage and Sex Education), their willingness to AMEND the RH LAW and support the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

    PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES means ‘DO NOT SUPPORT ALL OF THE DEATHS issues, COMMIT TO AMEND THE RH LAW and support the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

    Once finished, come up with CATHOLIC’S PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES in which the Church machinery could rally behind.


    CBCP Website records about 85 ecclesiastical territories (arch/dioceses) nationwide (84 of 85 arch/bishops were present in the 106th CBCP Plenary Assembly).
    Granting that the 85 territories/dioceses could produce 200,000 each (or 17 million) votes for the Catholic Vote, then it would be a sure victory for the PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES.

    Or at the very least the DEATH CANDIDATES are deprived of the same number of votes (17 million).

    And this can win an election in 2016. Consider the last presidential election result:

    Benigno Aquino III -15,208,678 (42.08%); Joseph Estrada – 9,487,837 (26.25%);
    Manny Villar – 5,573,835 (15.42%); Gilberto Teodoro – 4,095,839 (11.33%)

    Remember, in May 2010 elections Sen. Bong Revilla topped and got 19,513,521 or 51.15%.

    Another option (2M @ 6H) that is, for the 2 million hard core pro-life catholics to convince at least 6 each (2 million x 6 = 12 million) enough to win a senate seat for the Church.

    In May 2010 elections, Teofisto Guingona III was last with 10,277,352 votes or 26.94%.

    National registered voters: 51,292,465 (May 2010 Elections)

    Having THIS as campaign platform: CBCP encourages Catholic Vote who in turn supports ‘WORTHY CANDIDATES’.

    Candidates means Senatoriables and congressmen. At the congressional district level (or Party List), 200K are already a swing votes for PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES.

    Put these candidates’ names in a tarpaulin in all parishes. Faith communities may contribute for the tarpaulin to be prominently displayed in parish grounds.

    Catholics must be PRO-ACTIVE. Ensure that those WHO will be elected are PRO-LIFE.



    February 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

  2. This is one (Bacolod Diocese’s Team Patay)brilliant pro-active move that creates a spark.
    For those who do not respect the Church because of the perception that there is no Catholic Vote, why worry?
    Bacolod started it. Now Cebu follows. Read this article today from The Freeman:
    Palma hopes lay groups to come up with names
    By Marigold P. Lebumfacil/MBG (The Freeman) | Updated February 25, 2013 – 12:00am
    CEBU, Philippines – After the successful one-day electoral summit last Saturday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma hopes that the lay groups would come up with names of politicians who are worth the people’s vote in the upcoming elections.
    “The bishops are not coming out with names, definitely. But we encouraged the lay people to be truly serious in their own obligation to prayerfully discern. To me, lay people coming out with names is very good,” Palma said.
    Dubbed as “Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013: Addressing the Most Challenging Elections Issues”, it was held at the Mariners’ Court Cebu, and participated in by hundreds of people from all walks of life.
    “The electoral summit is the springboard of many more similar summits or probably meetings and seminars as a continued effort towards the education of the people in the sense of discernment and evaluation of the traits and programs of the candidates,” Palma said.
    Palma added that the people must understand various issues and eventually end up with their own prayerful discernment regarding candidates whom they would like to put into office.
    Palma reiterated that the arena of the politics belongs to the lay people.
    This the reason why the religious, the priests and the church leaders should not be in the arena but let the lay get involved because it is their domain.
    Palma, who heads the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said that their support is in the general principle.
    As mentioned in CBCP’s pastoral letter, they appreciate the move of the lay people to put up discernment groups and study groups to evaluate the candidates for the upcoming election.
    “I encourage the lay people to be truly discerning and the lay people should have a party and should be partisan. They should make good use of our values because of our faith as criteria for discernment,” Palma said.
    Palma also expressed his gratitude to the many people who attended and participated in the summit.
    He believes that it is a sign of bold interest on issues like election.
    “It is a good sign and hopefully, this would bear fruit in the discernment process which would end up on what we consider as a wise choice for our lay people,” Palma ended. (FREEMAN)

    February 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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