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PRIESTS, BACOLEÑOS URGED
Join April 27 rally
against RH: Bishop
BY
NIDA BUENAFE

The Diocese of Bacolod will spearhead a grand rally against the Reproductive Health Law on April 27, from 1 up to 6 p.m., at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

In a circular letter he issued, Bishop Vicente Navarra called on all parish priests, parochial vicars, chaplains, and rectors of churches, superiors of seminaries, institutes of consecrated and societies of apostolic life, heads of schools and law associations, and the Christian faithful of the diocese to join the rally.

The bishop again underscored the need to repeal the RH Law, and said that the “Diocese of Bacolod has been consistent in its defense of the sanctity of human life in the face of the evil of the Reproductive Health policy that some of our government leaders have been staunchly advocating”.

“The Church has been actively involved in raising the faithful’s awareness as regard the issue, both fervently praying and passionately educating, selflessly guiding the people in the right moral path that we should take as a nation,” Navarra said in the circular letter.

Admitting that the call to repeal the RH Law is an uphill battle, Navarra said 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”.

The rally, he said, will openly manifest the Church’s defiance against the RH Law and make evident its maximum resistance against it.

The rally will start from four different points marching towards the Bacolod public plaza where a program will be held. Northern vicariates/parishes are to assemble at the Capitol Lagoon; northeastern vicariates/parishes are to assemble at the Sto. Niño Parish, B.B.B. Galo Street; southern vicariates/parishes are to assemble at Lupit Church; and the southeastern vicariates/parishes at Holy Family Parish, City Heights.

“Let it be known that in speaking the truth, our Church became the target of the ire of some people. Every day, we receive unimaginable threats, repulsive hate calls and spiteful insults, but we shall not falter in our true and certain faith-conviction,” Navarra said.*NAB

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