MANILA - Several leaders of the Catholic Church hailed the order stopping the implementation of the reproductive health (RH) Law which, they said, was greatly timed with the inauguration of a new Pope.
They said the Supreme Court’s decision imposing a 120-day status quo ante (SQA) order on the controversial measure was “God’s hand at work.”
Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said: “Maraming salamat po sa Diyos, kumikilos ang kamay ng Panginoon sa mga puso ng Supreme Court justices na pumigil sa implementasyon ng RH Law na nakatakda sana sa Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.”
Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon added: “Great, never give up hope. We do not give up for what we believed is right. Ang panginoon ay lagi nating kasama, laging panig sa tama.”
Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable added: “Praise the Lord, nasa panig natin ang Diyos. Tama ang ating ginagawa at pagtutol sa RH law."
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said the order was good news especially with Pope Francis formally taking over the post vacated by Pope Benedict XVI.
He said Pope Francis, who celebrated his inaugural mass Tuesday, was very much against the measure when it was implemented in his country, Argentina.
“The pope will be very happy to hear about the law being restrained in its implementation. I hope that in the end, that law will be abolished. Masaya ako. Sa mga lay people, ipagpatuloy ang kampanya laban sa RH bill partikular na sa nalalapit na eleksyon sa Mayo,” he said.
Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro said this is just a temporary victory.
“Nangangahulugan ito na dapat tayo mas maging aktibo sa ating laban sa RH law. Isa rin itong hamon sa mga botante na mailuklok ang mga kandidatong pumapanig sa buhay at pampapamilya. Dininig ng Kataas-Taasang Hukuman ang ating mga dasal na anumang batas na maraming katanungan batay sa Saligang batas ay hindi dapat ipatupad,” he said.