Bishop wants prayers, sacrifices for RH Law junking

Posted at 03/10/2014 1:10 PM | Updated as of 03/10/2014 3:40 PM

MANILA - A Catholic bishop is urging the faithful to offer prayers and sacrifices this Lenten season so that the Supreme Court will declare the Reproductive Health (RH) Law as unconstitutional.

In a Radyo Veritas report, Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros said the essence of Lent is to "remember the passion and death of Jesus so that humanity may have life, which is contrary to the objective of RH law."

"Jesus died so that we may have life, but now they are threatening to end life." Oliveros added in the vernacular.

The Malolos bishop urged Catholics to pray for the Supreme Court justices to be enlightened. He said God alone has the sole right to give life and take it.

"The RH law is in contrast to the mentality of Filipinos who value close knit family ties that respects and defends life. Our age old culture, respect for life," he said.

He urged Filipinos to say no to the modernist "contraceptive mentality."

The bishop said the country must learn from the experience of other countries that adapted RH policies but are now experiencing a "demographic winter."

The Supreme Court suspended the implementation of Republic Act 10354 or The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 after receiving more than 10 petitions questioning its constitutionality.

The measure was enacted in December 2012 after 13 years of being stuck in Congress.