CBCP’s Easter message: Uphold the right to life

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2011 01:03 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2011 11:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Taking advantage of the message of Easter, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the public to “not be selfish as to deprive others of their right to live.”

In his Easter Sunday message, CBCP president and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar said the resurrection of Christ should be a symbol of “life in immeasurable abundance.”

The Catholic Church has been staunchly opposing the controversial Reproductive Health Bill, which is again up for deliberation in the upcoming sessions in Congress. The issue has been a hot topic in homilies across different Catholic churches in the past few months.

“It is equally unjust of us not to proclaim the triumphant joy of Easter to those who are seeking for light and life,” Odchimar said.

“To those whose hearts are hardened by pride and humanly motivated principles, let none of us yield to an idle surrender,” Odchimar he added.

He said it is not surprising that some remain in their unbelief of the resurrection of Christ.

“Some were simply deprived were simply deprived of hearing the Gospel; others were too imprisoned to scientific precision as to reject whatever it is that does not appeal to logical category. Atheistic culture nowadays is equally influential; and in a very subtle way, it gradually wears away evangelical values and disproves gospel truths,” he stressed.

He noted, however, that the resurrection provides a strong message that “every work of evil shivers before the power of goodness.”

“Let us not be too clever as to deceive others to our own advantage. Let there be Easter in our midst by our presence that loves and cares,” he said.