Manila Prelate Believes Same-Sex "Marriage" Law in Phillippine is Unlikely

Archbishop Jose Palma Says Church Will Continue to Fight to Defend Life, Marriage and the Family

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The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) believes that divorce and gay «marriage» are so hard to pass in the country.

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, the CBCP President said that not unlike the recently passed Reproductive Health (RH) law, the issue of divorce and same-sex unions is not simple.

“While after many years the RH bill was passed, I don’t believe that the other bills would come easy,” Palma said.The CBCP head also claimed that the Church continues to gain ground in its fight against abortion and other measures that attack the sanctity of life, marriage and family.

Even if other countries already have a law on divorce, gay marriage and even abortion, “I think the Philippines is not that excited to follow immediately.”

Passing these measures, he continued, will have to “struggle” because “we are seeing a change of beliefs among the Filipinos against these kinds of laws.”

According to Archbishop Palma, the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday is also one way to strengthen its advocacy on family and life issues.

“As we look forward to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress and when we think of program up to 2021, the fifth centenary celebrations of Christianity in the Philippines, I believe that these will help in bringing the change we need,” he said.

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