Bishops to show up in House during RH bill vote

Posted at 12/10/12 1:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Bishops will make their presence felt on Wednesday at the House of Representatives as lawmakers try to finally vote on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) said the presence of ranking officials of the church is a show of support for anti-RH advocates.

In a report from the CBCP News, ECFL executive secretary Melvin Castro said: “It was a sentiment presented by the anti-RH legislators because they said they need moral, spiritual, and physical presence of the bishops.”

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes, ECFL head, urged the faithful to come join them. “Let us come together to offer continued prayers for the non-passage of the RH bill.”

Castro said the bishops will first hold a mass at the nearby St. Peter Parish Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City before they proceed to the Batasan complex.

They will again convene outside the Batasan to pray.

“After the Mass, there will be a procession all the way to Batasan. If all of us cannot be accommodated inside then we’ll just stay outside to pray,” he said.

The CBCP-ECFL said the scheduled voting also falls on the feast day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the unborn.