The approval of the divorce bill by the House Committee on Population and Family Relations saddened an official from the Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP).
Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of public affairs for the CBCP, said he was saddened that lawmakers have prioritized such a bill at a time when the country faces so many problems due to the pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“People need their representatives to help them during this critical time. But these members of Congress have chosen to prioritize passing a bill that hurts the family more than strengthening it, especially in this time of immense crisis, ”he said. in an interview Wednesday August 18.
The retired Bishop of Sorsogon Arturo Bastes was also disappointed by this decision.
“Of course, I am very disappointed because so far the Philippines is the only Catholic country in the world that follows the law of Jesus Christ taught by the Church: Absolutely no divorce for a legally married man and woman! he said.
“It is a dogma that the Church upholds despite the authority of the State. It is a pity that this singular honor of our Catholic country has disappeared! added Bastes.
The House panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure to legalize divorce in the Philippines. The bill is now subject to plenary debate.
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