CBCP official denies communion ban for RH Bill supporters, parish denies posting statement
Fr. Melvin Castro of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) denied rumors that a local parish has banned communion for Reproductive Health (RH) Bill supporters, reports GMA News.
"It only goes to show na talagang may element of deception sa pro-RH. ’Yan ang nakikita ko dito. Gusto nilang galitin ang tao sa simbahan," said Castro, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family Life of the CBCP. ("It only goes to show that there is an element of deception among the pro-RH. That’s what I see here. They want people to get mad at the church.")
He said only bishops can decide on the implementation of such a ban, reports GMA News. "At this point there is no need for that. Majority of the legislators and supporters of the RH bill have heard the apparent good things, they are acting out of goodwill and ignorance of the details."
The Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong, whose Parish Pastoral Council was said to have drafted the controversial statement, denied posting it. GMA News quoted parish secretary Ella Dula as saying, "Nagulat nga kami na may ganyan. Hindi kami basta bastang maglalabas ng ganyan, kung mayro’n eh di ginegera na kami dito." ("We were surprised to see the supposed statement. We won’t just come out with such a statement; if we did, a lot of people would have gotten mad.")
However, ABS-CBN News reported on Thursday that Dula confirmed the statement but said the parish has not released it to their congregation. ABS-CBN News quoted Dula: "Yes there is a statement but there was no announcement during the weekend. I don’t know how it was leaked."