PHILIPPINES: CBCP open to dialogue with Ateneo professors

If theirs is a faith that truly seeks to understand, then these Pro-RH Ateneo professors should respond positively to the invitation to dialogue by no less than the bishops.  


The Catholic bishops’ hierarchy is willing to conduct dialogue with professors of the Jesuit-run Ateneo De Manila University over the contentious “reproductive health” bill.

Archbishop Jose Palma, who is also the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of thePhilippines, gave the assurance over Church-run Radio Veritas on Wednesday.   This is in response to the statement released by ADMU president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin reiterating their support for the Church’s position against the artificial contraception measure.

The CBCP head said the bishops are open to dialogue with the pro-RH bill Ateneo professors “because we are all part of the Church and we are responsible for our actions.”  He, however, maintained that as a Catholic university, the ADMU must uphold the official teachings of the Church.

“For me, there’s really a need for a sincere dialogue because the professors, I think must be motivated by their desire to discover what is good,” according to Palma.  “They are part of the Catholic university and they should obey the mission and vision and not contradict the teachings,” he said.

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