- Feb 27, 2021
Pope Francis’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff’s remarks with relief.
Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, former president of the Philippine bishops’ conference, died in a Manila hospital Aug. 26 after complications from COVID-19, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines announced.
Catholic leaders in the Philippines are urging Congress to ignore the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to reimpose the death penalty in the country.
The Philippine government issued new orders restricting movement in an effort to control a spike in COVID-19, resulting in 10 dioceses suspending public Masses.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila Archdiocese’s apostolic administrator, has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the most prominent churchman in the Philippines to contract the disease.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila, defended a recent pastoral letter issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines criticizing the Philippines’ newly passed anti-terrorism law.