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Bishops hit back at Lacson

Posted On 2011 May 16
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MANILA, May 16 (PNA) – Some Catholic bishops scored Sen. Panfilo Lacson for his adverse statement against the Church for allegedly using the pulpit to campaign against the controversial Reproductive Health bill.

“You have no right to dictate us what to do on RH bill issue … Ang pulpito ay ginagamit talaga ng mga pari lalo na kapag ang pinag-uusapan ay buhay,” Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said in a radio interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

For his part, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said it is the Church’s obligation to inform the public about the ill effects of the bill to health and morality.

“We are obliged to because that’s against the truth. He (Sen. Lacson) has no right to tell us what to do. We are the preachers of the God’s words,” Bastes said.

Earlier, Lacson said it is better for Catholic Church leaders to hold a dialogue on the features of the bill rather than pose objection in the pulpit during Mass. (PNA)

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