After Aquino affirms support for RH bill at UP
MANILA, Philippines - Former Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said on Monday that President Benigno Aquino III did not know what he was talking about when he declared that he was willing to be expelled by the Catholic Church in exchange for supporting the reproductive health (RH) bill.
In an interview, Cruz said, "He fails to understand... Para siyang naghahamon. That is not the way of the wise and prudent.”
The church leader believes this is not something that Aquino’s late mother, Cory, will be proud of.
"Ang nanay niya, bibigyan ng karangalan sana na papal award. Here comes the son who is anti-Christian. He's practically saying let’s see who wins,” Cruz said.
“It’s childish. If you’re a leader, you win people, not alienate them. He's crossing thin ice…irresponsible. He has a sense of omnipotence, arrogance."
Cruz believes that the RH bill will become law in a matter of time, and this will be a linchpin for similar laws to be implemented.
"What’s to stop other bills like divorce and same-sex marriage? These are just introductory remarks," he said.
He said that even if the proponents of the bill say it is not espousing abortion, it can introduce abortion, which is ground for excommunication.
"The church doesn’t take abortion lightly. It is not a small thing. There are 2 ways for someone to be excommunicated. Abortion or harming the pope. But just in case the President signs the bill into law...he will not be excommunicated. Unless, if the church proves that he has an indirect hand on abortions, meaning because of his approval of the bill and abortions happen, then he becomes guilty,” Cruz warned.
"He is indirectly irresponsible. The church will call for a meeting with the theologians, moralists, canonists and philosophers, experts in church disciplines. Already 4 bishops expressed their concerns,” he said. “If they find him guilty, then he will be excommunicated.”
Cruz believes that the statement must have come not from the President himself but his “cohorts.”
"That didn’t come from him... He is not known for his wisdom. Malaki ang lobby money for contraceptives,” Cruz claimed.
“He doesn’t like me. It’s hard to take him seriously,” the retired prelate said regarding Aquino.