CBCP: Pope's message not against Church doctrine
MANILA, Philippines - An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday that Pope Francis' statement regarding Catholic pastors’ obsession with condemnation of abortion, contraception and same sex marriage is not opposed to the doctrines of the Church.
CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma issued the statement amid mixed reactions generated by the Pope’s statement.
Palma said that Pope Francis’ message should not create confusion among the faithful, adding it is in line with teachings of the Church.
“We are saying there is no contradiction. The Pope is not opposing any doctrine. He is only reminding us that perhaps the world needs our witnessing to charity, how do we care for the poor, how we care for those who are distant from the Church. I am happy with what he said and I do not see any opposition to the existing doctrines of the Church,” the archbishop said.
He believes that Pope Francis was merely instructing the people that nothing has changed in the doctrine.
Palma said the Pope wanted the people to focus more on compassion.
“He is just telling us that we should be compassionate. But he is not saying that what the Church teaches that was wrong before is now correct,” he stressed.
He said the CBCP would be maintaining its opposition to the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) law, which the Catholic Church believes would promote promiscuity and lead to abortion.
For his part, CBCP vice president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that Pope Francis wanted the people to establish an intimate friendship with God.