Thursday, 25 November 2010 09:54
A Palace official on Monday said local bishops should heed the statements of Pope Benedict XVI to allow the use of condoms to prevent the spread of diseases like AIDS.
“The Pope has already spoken that condom use is allowed under certain conditions. Our local bishops listen to the Pope. If the Pope has spoken, maybe the bishops should follow," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines strongly opposes the use of contraceptives, including condom. They earlier said they will wait for an official statement from the Pope himself regarding the issue.
Palace officials held a dialogue with Church bishops to clarify their stand on the issue on the controversial reproductive health bill.
Earlier, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III pushed for “responsible parenthood”, saying the government supports whatever Filipino couples choose -- natural or artificial contraceptives. (PNA)
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