Pro-RH Bill Ateneo teachers have no right to teach in ADMU, Jesuit priest James Reuter reportedly says

( Jesuit priest James Reuter has reportedly said that faculty members who support the Reproductive Health (RH) bill have no right to teach in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), reports, citing a Radyo Inquirer report that aired yesterday.

According to the report, Reuter said the bill promotes abortion, thus it violates what ADMU stands for as a Catholic institution. He also reportedly said Catholic schools follow the rule of God and that freedom of speech is not absolute.

Reuter is said to have advised the school administration to investigate the pro-RH Bill teachers, reports Radyo Inquirer.

In March, over 200 faculty members from ADMU and the University of the Philippines (UP) expressed their support for the RH Bill in a statement. The signatories include National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, UP economics professor Solita "Winnie" Monsod, UP Law Dean Marvic Leonen, and ADMU history professor and husband of whistleblower Heidi Mendoza, Meynardo P. Mendoza.

Citing a memo in response to a similar pro-RH Bill position paper issued by certain ADMU faculty members in 2008, ADMU President Bienvenido F. Nebres issued a statement in March saying the university does not agree with the position of the faculty members.

While they "appreciate the efforts of these members of the Ateneo faculty to grapple with serious social issues and to draw from Catholic moral teaching in their study of the bill," Nebres said the Jesuit university "stands with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus... in matters of faith and morals."

Nebres added that it is the "responsibility" of the university "to ensure that, in our classes and other fora, we teach Catholic faith and morals in their integrity." However, he also said, "We recognize the right of our faculty, as individuals, to express their views and appreciate their clear statement that these views are their own and not that of the University."

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