The Catholic Church will continue to oppose moves in Congress to pass a law that will grant divorce in the Philippines, Fr. Felix Pasquin of the Our Lady of Candles Parish in Bacolod City,said yesterday.
The House committee on population and family relations Wednesday approved a consolidated measure institutionalizing absolute divorce in the Philippines.
The substitute bill aims to ensure that the proceedings for the grant of absolute divorce will be affordable, efficient and inexpensive, especially for indigent litigants or petitioners, its proponents said.
The grounds for absolute divorce are the existing grounds for legal separation and annulment of marriage.
“We are very sad that this development has transpired in the Lower House…the Church stands firm on the doctrine of the sanctity of marriage, it cannot compromise on that,” he said.
Pasquin said he is sure the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines will come out with a statement against divorce and that Church-led protests will ensue.*CPG
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