Filipino bishops willing to go to jail over anti-life bill supported by D&P partners

Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?

Or should I say:

Bishop, Bishop, why do you persecute me?

MANILA, Philippines, February 3, 2011 ( – Two Catholic bishops in the Philippines have called for a campaign of “civil disobedience” against the country’s controversial “reproductive health” bill (RH bill) should the measure pass.

We bishops, are willing to be imprisoned, together with our priests, and protest the immoral things there (RH bill). To be firm with our teachings, let them imprison us!” Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon told Radyo Veritas, according to the bishops’ CBCPNews.

“We will have a civil disobedience! Those laws that are immoral, we will tell the people not to obey.”

“We are just saying what is right! We are going to proclaim whatever it is,” said Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa.  The archbishop cautioned that the campaign is not aimed at overthrowing the government, and should be carried out peacefully. (Source)

What bill is this, do you ask? Well, it’s none other than the Reproductive Health bill which was actively supported by two of Development and Peace’s partners: Freedom From Debt Coalition and Focus on the Global South. If you’d like to refresh your memory on these two groups, read our extensive coverage here.

Bishops in one country imprisoned while opposing the indirect actions of bishops in another country.

How sick is that?

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