Philippine Church standing firm against abortion despite Pope comments
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine Catholic leaders are standing firm against contraception, abortion and homosexual marriage despite Pope Francis' comments urging a change of tone on those issues, the national Church said on Tuesday.
About 80 per cent of the Philippines' 100 million population are Catholics, making the country the bastion of the faith in Asia, and Church leaders insisted that its dogma would remain in place.
"He is not saying that what the Church deemed before as wrong is now right. He is merely telling us to be more compassionate," Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Jose Palma said in reaction to the recent papal statement.
"He won't be saying contraceptives, and even abortion, are now okay. No! Do not expect that to happen," Archbishop Palma said in comments made on Monday.