Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace partners with Philippine Freedom from Debt Coalition to promote the Reproductive Health Bill
April 29, 2010 Leave a comment
By Patrick B. Craine
MONTREAL, Quebec, March 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In October LifeSiteNews (LSN) revealed that the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), the Canadian bishops’ social justice arm, is partnered with a group in the Philippines – the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – that has pushed for the passage of a highly controversial “reproductive health” bill which has been strenuously opposed by the country’s Catholic bishops.
Now D&P has announced that they are making preparations to send a delegation of Canadian youth to the Philippines this August, in part to work with this same group.
Asked for comment, D&P’s executive director, Michael Casey, told LSN: “I’m sorry. We don’t give interviews to LifeSiteNews. Thank you.” He then hung up.
D&P’s “young adult solidarity trip” aims to provide the young adults with “a personal experience of the reality of people in the Global South” and to help them “gain a perspective on what ‘development’ looks like on the ground by meeting a number of D&P Partners.”
The ten young adults, five anglophone and five francophone, will work with FDC as well as the Center for Environmental Concern-Philippines and Urban Poor Associates. Applications for the three-week trip, open to D&P supporters aged 18-35, were due last week.