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Rethink strategy, emphasize dialogue, Filipino cardinal urges pro-lifers

February 19, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Archbishop of Manila urged Filipino Catholics to rethink their strategy, as he presided at a Mass for the Walk for Life on February 17.

“Yes, we are clear about teachings on the different issues connected with life and family,” said Cardinal José Advinula. “But we also need to rethink our approaches.” He urged pro-life activists to avoid confrontation, to “engage in more listening and dialogue,” and to remember “the diversity and understanding of identity and personhood.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 25, 2024 10:11 AM ET USA

    Listening and dialogue? The prolife witness is about explaining the origins and dignity of human life, defending this explanation, and convincing the doubtful to embrace Christ's truth. Regarding the understanding of personhood, Catholicism and Christ teach that personhood begins when the soul is infused into the biological human being, rationally acknowledged as taking place at conception. Sexual identity likewise originates in the embyonic stage, when the sex of a person is determined for life

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 20, 2024 3:10 AM ET USA

    A good shepherd is willing to give his life for his brothers and sisters. Facing the destruction of innocent lives through abortions, he doesn't engage in more listening and dialogue about diversity and understanding of identity and personhood.