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Filipino bishops will avoid religious clashes on birth-control bill

Catholic World News - April 26, 2011

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines do not intend to engage in debate with other religious leaders over a controversial family-planning bill, a spokesman says.

Father Melvin Castro, the executive secretary of the bishops' conference, said that Church leaders will avoid a "war of words" with religious organizations that support the legislation. While stressing that the bishops would continue to speak out clearly on the bill, he said that their aim would be to avoid sectarian disputes.

"We will target the legislators," he said. "They are the ones who need to be enlightened."

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