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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

CBCP hits the P1-B Condom Fund

By Evelyn Macairan / Monday, October 8, 2007 / Philippine Star

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on legislators to spend on projects that would alleviate poverty and provide free education to poor children, instead of spending P1 billion for the purchase of contraceptives, CBCP president and Jaro, Iloilo Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said in a statement Saturday.

“We hope it is not true that Congress plans to appropriate P1 billion for the purchase of condoms, birth control pills and other ‘reproductive health’ products to control population growth. It if is true, we categorically object to it and instead strongly recommend that the one billion pesos be directly appropriated for hunger and poverty alleviation projects, as well as for free education of extremely poor children.”

He said using abortifacent and contraceptive pills are against nature and God’s teachings. The Church teaches that using these items is wrong because they destroy the fruitfulness of human reproductive capacities.

For the CBCP, the natural family planning method is the only morally acceptable way to practice responsible parenthood.

The CBCP also debunked the census data released by the United Nations, which reported that the population growth rate in the country is 2.36 percent. Based on the National Statistics Office (NSO), the rate has only been pegged at 1.99 percent.

Lagadameo added, “We exhort our clergy to proactively preach the doctrine of the Church on principled population control. We strongly encourage and support our legislators in Congress and the Senate who promote the moral teachings on life, family and population


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