RH Bill advocates look forward to "kinder treatment" from new Manila Archbishop Chito Tagle

GMA News Online reports that Reproductive Health (RH) bill advocate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel immediately welcomed the announcement that Vatican-appointed Imus prelate Luis Antonio "Chito" Tagle was the new archbishop of Manila.

GMA News Online reports that Reproductive Health (RH) bill advocate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel immediately welcomed the announcement that Vatican-appointed Imus prelate Luis Antonio "Chito" Tagle was the new archbishop of Manila.

 

GMA News Online writer Paterno Esmaquel II noted: "No, Baraquel doesn't think Tagle, the new Manila archbishop, will stray from the Catholic Church's hardline stance against the RH bill-a position based on a papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which bishops cannot simply bend according to their personal beliefs. Tagle is also expected to uphold the orthodox positions of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on other controversial issues, such as same-sex marriages. He is, after all, the CBCP's chief doctrinal guardian as head of its Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith."

 

However, Baraquel said Tagle’s kindhearted demeanor will spell the difference. She pointed out that "unlike other bishops and priests, Tagle has never tagged RH bill advocates as devils or terrorists." She added that Tagle is a "progressive bishop who is deeply involved in labor issues, and is known to have a sincere compassion for the poor."

 

According to the report, Baraquel "also expressed confidence that Tagle will presume ’goodwill and good faith on the part of everyone, including (RH Bill advocates)." She said, "We may have a different position from the Catholic hierarchy, but we are also after the common good."

 

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