September 12, 2009 4 Comments
Charmaine P. Lirazan of Sunstar Super Balita Cebu, has an article entitled “Noynoy ‘Anti-life’” (Sep 7, 2009). I have difficulty translating the Cebuano into English (if someone has a translation, please send it to me). But what I can glean from the article is this:
Dr. Rene Bullecer, director of Human Life International, said that Noynoy Aquino is Anti-Life. When he was a congressman, he supported the House Bill 3773 or the Integrated Reproductive Health and Population Reduction Bill. When he became a senator, he supported the HB 5043 or the Reproductive Health Bill. Because of these, Bullecer said that Noynoy Aquino will not have the support of the Pro-Life groups. Bullecer wishes to talk to other presidentiables to determine their stand on pro-life issues and make a short-list of presidentiables that Pro-Life groups can support, before the November 30 filing of candidacy.
This is surprising since Pres. Cory Aquino, his mother, is a pro-life president and a devotee of the Holy Rosary. This is also surprising since the long-time spiritual adviser of the late former Pres. Aquino is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J., professor emeritus of the Loyola School of Theology.
Fr. Arevalo S.J. received an Award of Recognition at the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on August 16, 2009 at Pius XII Center, Manila. He is also arecipient of the Vatican’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) award, the highest medal that can be bestowed by the papacy for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. He is also acknowledged as the “Dean of all Filipino Theologians and Godfather of Hundreds of Priests,” a title conferred upon him by the Church hierarchy. (Ateneo de Manila University Website)