Church: Truce over RH Bill amid disaster

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Aug 07 2012 01:48 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2012 10:40 PM

Flooding a displeasure of God over pro-RH Bill win?

MANILA, Philippines - An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) of the Philippines said they are holding out a truce in the fight versus the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) amid the disaster affecting major parts of the country brought about by massive floods and rains.

Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family Life of the CBCP, told reporters: “Mag-focus muna sa nasalanta ng bagyo. On the part of the Church, there is an urgent need to help. Ito ang tunay na problema ng bayan, mga serbisyong pampubliko magtulungan muna tayo.”

The highly charged debates over the controversial bill came to an abrupt end on Monday. hours after President Benigno Aquino III summoned lawmakers to the Palace to finally bring the measure to the next stage.

This, amid complaints and criticisms from the Catholic Church.

Over at social media, some anti-RH Bill advocates are blaming what happened at the lower House for the weather.

But Castro only said: “Although we would not give other meaning to it, nonetheless God speaks through his creation as well. Nature tells us to respect the natural course of things.”

He said nothing happens by accident. “Di ko alam bakit ganito, wala namang bagyo.”

He said he was even able to celebrate mass until 12 midnight of Tuesday.