Philippines: Schools defying Church teachings may lose Catholic status

In this article, Archbishop Jose Palma gives a reaction to reports that 160 professors of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) are openly supporting the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill opposed by the Church.

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The Catholic hierarchy may strip a school of its affiliation with the church if they go against its teachings particularly on life issues, according to Archbishop Jose Palma, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president.  This is possible, he said, if a Catholic school and other institutions violated ethical and religious directives of the church.

“If we are a Catholic school, we should not teach anything contrary to the official teaching of the church,” Palma said.  “In some of the universities, we say that if you want to teach that idea, do not do it in a Catholic school because we are confusing the students… do it in other universities,” he said.

The CBCP head stressed that the motive why parents send their children to Catholic schools are for reasons of faith formation.  “It will be a contradiction if we will bombard them with ideas which are against the official teachings of the Catholic faith,” added Palma.

The ADMU, however, as a Jesuit and Catholic university, clarified that it still stands with the CBCP and the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus.

Only last month, the Vatican has withdrawn the Catholic identity of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, because some of its policies are “not compatible with the discipline and morals of the church.”

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