Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Close  
  • share this

After RH war, let healing begin–Lacson

/ 08:36 PM December 24, 2012

Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Let bygones be bygones.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson now wants a reconciliation between the Aquino administration and the Catholic Church hierarchy after the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

Lacson said the two sides have the same good intentions.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The church is against undue criticisms. But there are some bishops who are full of hatred and who engage in name-calling.  I’ve been called a prince of darkness because of my push for the RH bill,” Lacson told radio station dzBB over the weekend.

“What’s difficult is the disinformation. We have been stressing on the floor that abortion remains illegal; that it wouldn’t be allowed. Yet every time, the church people deliver a sermon, they say that proponents are in favor of abortion,” Lacson said.

“And yet it’s clear that we’ve been quite careful so that abortion would remain illegal and wouldn’t be allowed in our country,” he added.

Lacson declined to identify his critic. “Suffice it to say that he’s a high up in the church hierarchy,” he said.

“Especially for the Catholic Church, you’re not supposed to express hate; do not hate. Don’t spread hatred among the people. They should be the ones to take the first step towards reconciliation. And hopefully, they should take the initiative to suggest reconciliation with the state,” he added.

“It’s clear in the surveys that if it isn’t 65-35 percent, it’s 70-30 percent of our countrymen are in favor of having a comprehensive program towards reproductive health,” Lacson said.

Lacson said some bishops bitter against RH bill proponents.

“Not all of them. Some are okay, sober and sensible. But there are other bishops who hurt when they speak. If you don’t see what they’re wearing while speaking, you wouldn’t think those saying those words are servants of the church,” Lacson said. Norman Bordadora

ADVERTISEMENT

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Catholic Church, Government, Legislation, Panfilo Lacson, Politics, RH bill, Senate
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
lifestyle

Dementia clearly linked to chronic boozing – study

February 21, 2018 09:39 AM

newsinfo

Farmer, wife shot dead in Lanao del Norte

February 21, 2018 09:29 AM

newsinfo

3 system failures hit MRT train; 900 offloaded

February 21, 2018 09:26 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved