Church calls P-Noy’s pro-contraceptive policy "selling out the Filipino soul for a measly sum" of American aid, threatens to protest i

In reaction to President Noynoy Aquino’s declaration yesterday in San Francisco that his government may give assistance to couples without means to use their chosen birth control method, Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Commission on Family and Life, accused Aquino of "selling out the Filipino soul" for the US grant of $434-million (P19 billion) financial assistance to the Philippines, reports Inquirer.net. Aquino revealed his stand on birth control in a satellite TV interview on September 26 (September 27 in Manila) with members of Filipino communities around the world.

Castro, who called the grant "a measly sum of money in the name of fighting poverty...compared to the moral values that we are going to lose," also threatened to launch street protests over President Aquino’s contraceptive policy, reports GMANews.tv. He told Inquirer.net, "More than being disappointed, it hurts because many sectors of the Church supported him and were hoping and praying that he would be like his mother." According to CBCPNews.com, Castro was referring to the protection of the unborn child that he said was a legacy of Aquino’s mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino.

According to GMANews.tv, Castro said the Church is not surprised by Aquino’s stand because of the President’s pro-choice platform he presented during the 2010 election campaign. Inquirer.net quoted a statement Aquino released when he was still running for office: "In the process of providing a range of options and information to couples, both natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented."

Castro added that the Aquino administration is using the issue of birth control to divert attention away from the August hostage crisis and retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz’s jueteng expose.

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv, Inquirer.net and CBCPNews.com.

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