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No need to excommunicate PNoy, says Catholic prelate

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A Catholic prelate said there is no need to excommunicate President Benigno S. Aquino III for pushing for the passage of the controversial reproductive health bill.

In a radio interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said it is up to the President if he is a true Catholic to receive the Sacrament of communion.

"Hindi na kailangang i-excommunicate ng Simbahan ang Pangulo. Siya na lamang mismo ang mag-decide kung mabuti siyang Katoliko kung dapat pa ba siyang tumanggap ng komunyon o hindi. Konsensya niya ang magdedesisyon kung dapat ba siyang tumanggap ng komunyon, hindi ang Simbahan, dahil malinaw ang turo ng Simbahan sa usapin ng buhay [There is no need to excommunicate the President. It's up to him to decide if he's been a good Catholic or should he receive communion or not. It's up to his conscience and not the Church because ever since, the Church has been clear about its stand on life]," Gutierrez said.

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said the President's conscience should prevail in deciding the fate of the RH bill now pending in Congress.

"Sana ay buksan niya ang kanyang mga mata, ang kanyang puso sa pamamagitan ng awa, compassion for the poor, at buksan niya ang pang-unawa upang makita niya kung nasasaan talaga ang kabutihan para sa ating bansa. I still would like to believe that it is not yet the end. It all depend on who is on this argument or who is influencing the President [I hope he opens his eyes, his heart and widen his understanding so that he'll see what's good for the country...]," said Lagdameo.

President Aquino had said he is against abortion but is in favor of the use of the contraceptives which the Catholic Church strongly oppose. (PNA)




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