MANILA, June 2, 2014 – The Catholic Church has no official stand on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) yet.
This was the clear message sent out by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a press statement released yesterday, June 1.
“…(A)s President of the CBCP I wish to make clear that we are fully cognizant of the complexity of the issues involved, including as they do issues of international law and relations, regional politics as well as the morality of the use of force and the threat of the use of force, and that the CBCP has not taken an official position on the matter,” he said.
Villegas noted, however, the freedom of every bishop, like any other Filipino citizen, to form and express his own opinion on the issue.
The statement was issued in response to proliferating news reports on the purported critical stand of the Catholic Church on the said issue.
The bishops’ conference, Villegas said, continues to entrust itself “to the Spirit of Truth and to study the matter with assiduousness.” (CBCP News)
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