Bacolod diocese praying SC to side with Catholic Church

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Saturday, April 5, 2014


THE Diocese of Bacolod is holding a prayer vigil across all its churches and chapels on April 7, with the hope that the Supreme Court (SC) will declare the Reproductive Health (RH) Law unconstitutional.

"We are hoping that the High Tribunal will decide in favor of the Catholic Church," said Msgr. Victorino Rivas, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and judicial vicar of the Diocese of Bacolod.

The SC deliberations on the constitutionality of the RH Law will be held on April 8.

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“We will pray for the enlightenment of the SC. We are hoping that it will uphold our desire to declare the RH law as unconstitutional,” Rivas said.

He said the Catholic Church maintains that the RH Law will encourage abortion.

Bishop Vicente Navarra, through a circular letter, instructed all the parish priests and chaplains of the Diocese of Bacolod to hold a prayer vigil in the evening of April 7.

During the prayer vigil, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed with the praying of the Holy Rosary.

At noon of April 7 and April 8, all churches in the Bacolod Diocese will ring their bells as the faithful pray for the intercession of the Blessed Mother that the SC justices will be enlightened in their deliberations.

In Bacolod, the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish will hold its prayer vigil at 7 p.m. on April 7 at the church’s courtyard.

The Cathedral church bells will peal every hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8, as the Prayers to the Divine Mercy and the Oratio Imperata against the RH Law are recited.

“The Diocese of Bacolod has been consistent in its defense of the sanctity of human life in the face of the evil of RH policy that some of our government leaders have been staunchly advocating,” the Bacolod bishop said in a circular letter.

While admitting that effort to repeal the RH Law is an uphill battle, Navarra said in the same circular that “the faithful should be mindful of the fact that “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), we shall carry on this mission, consoled with the knowledge that we are doing what Christ would have done in obedience to His Father’s will.”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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