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CBCP admits some priests support RH bill

DESPITE the staunch opposition of the Catholic Church to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill,
there are some priests who support it, a bishop disclosed on Sunday.

“Well, in the Church, there’s a space for dissent also… Even the 10 commandments, there
are many who disobey it, right?” said Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, chairman of
the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and
Life, in an interview.

He said these priests have not openly voiced their support for the bill but bishops are aware
of their positions.

“We leave it to their conscience. We respect that. But majority are not in favor. I think, in their
own moral and theological discernment, we should respect them for that,” Aniceto said.

He said these priests are misguided or lack sufficient knowledge about the provisions of the

The CBCP, the strongest opponent of the bill, is not in favor of provisions in the bill promoting
the use of artificial contraceptives.

The Catholic Church only supports the use of natural family planning methods.