MANILA, Dec. 2, 2012— With Malacañang going the extra mile to pass the “reproductive health” (RH) bill, the Catholic Church on Sunday called for days of prayer and fasting against the controversial measure.
Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes said all believers are called to discover the weapons of prayer and fasting to uphold the sanctity of life.
“Let us beseech God to protect life, family, marriage and the youth in our country,” said Reyes, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL).
The CBCP official made the statement ahead of a meeting in Malacañang between President Benigno Aquino III and his allies in Congress to take place on Monday.
Church officials believe that Aquino will push for a vote on the population control measure.
Reyes also said that Congress will discuss the “substitute” RH bill on the same day and vote on it.
“Let us pray and fast on Monday and the following days so that our lawmakers will not pass the bill,” he said.
Aquino earlier admitted his scheduled meeting with lawmakers but said he would not pressure [TELL THAT TO MY FOOT MY PRESIDENT!!!] his allies to vote for the passage of the RH bill, which proposes the taxpayer-funded, State-guaranteed purchase and distribution of artificial contraceptives.
Fr. Melvin Castro, ECFL executive secretary, also claimed that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile may be ousted from his post for opposing the RH bill.
“We have also received a report of moves to oust Senator Enrile as Senate President because of (his) opposition to the RH bill,” he said. (CBCPNews)
National Day of Prayer and Fasting December 3, 2012
Pray at noon time especially during the Angelus when the Lord was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary when she said her Fiat to the Archangel Gabriel.
That is the most opportune time to call on Heaven to defeat this Bill!
Bishop Reyes also called for the nominal voting should the House of Representatives be able to railroad the measure. They still opt for a viva voce or live voice voting of the measure.
This is an obvious way to hide the names of the congressmen who will vote in favor of the RH Bill.
And I thought there is no such thing as a Catholic vote?
And I thought that they are not afraid of the Church?