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Leading Philippine bishop: it is a grave sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate

April 08, 2016

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said that “a Catholic voter commits a grave sin in voting for candidates who oppose the Lord’s teachings on the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.”

Archbishop Socrates Villegas made this statement in a pastoral letter to his flock in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

As the May 9 elections approach, the prelate examined voting in light of each of the Ten Commandments. Commenting on the First Commandment, he said, “Do not vote for an atheist or for someone who makes fun of the name of God. A Catholic cannot support a candidate who vows to wipe out religion from public life.”

“You are called to be authentic Catholic voters who decide from prayer and conscience,” he continued. “Be free from the tyranny and pressure of trends and herds. Do it right! Choose what is right according to the Ten Commandments.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 10, 2016 5:07 PM ET USA

    Wow! If only the American prelates could overcome their inertia in voting for candidates of the type described above, we might see a reversal in the fortunes of the U.S. Calling evil evil, and binding the consciences of Philippine Catholics under pain of mortal sin. No ambiguity here. Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no.