Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president: No such thing as ’Catholic vote’

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said Church leaders will not be backing candidates in the 2013 polls to avoid being partisan.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said Church leaders will not be backing candidates in the 2013 polls to avoid being partisan.


Mildred Galarpe of Sun.Star Online reports Palma made the announcement as part of his New Year message. "We will not endorse a party. We will not endorse anybody in the mass or in the rally. It’s not our prerogative," he said.


Palma said there is no such thing as a ’Catholic vote’ in the sense that priests will come out with names of candidates that the faithful should vote for.

 

"Like I’m the president of the CBCP. There is no Catholic vote when you expect me one day as president of CBCP that these are the names of the candidates we would like you to vote. Don’t expect that. That will never happen. We will not do that," Palma said.

 

He urged Filipino Catholics, however, to "bring God to the voting places."

 

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