‘Catholic vote can happen, but Church must educate’

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MANILA, Dec. 2, 2012—The so-called ‘Catholic vote’ can happen in the upcoming elections, but the Church must educate the electorates on the issues involved, a Catholic bishop said.

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad, in a recent interview said the Catholic Church still have a big influence on the people but sees the need for a concerted effort among the clergy and religious to come together and plan some strategies.

“If only the church will have a concerted effort to come together and really have the guts that we can do it, then we can really make a difference,” Jumoad said.

He said the issues need to be explained to the people in the light of the teachings of the Church.

In view of the coming elections, he said strategies and plans should be made to effectively conscientize the people.

“I think we really have to plan and set some criteria in terms of what to do, priorities to be done to reach out to the people,” he pointed out.

Jumoad said if people really adhere to the catholic faith then they will surely follow the teachings of the church.

President Benigno Aquino is set to meet his allies on Monday to discuss priority bills he wants lawmakers to vote on before Congress adjourned for the Christmas break.

On Sunday, ECFL Chairman and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes called on the faithful to pray and fast as lawmakers meet again for another round of discussion on the amendments and possibly vote on the measure.

Life advocates and members of lay organizations are expected to troop in droves to Congress on Monday to show their support to anti-RH solons with their presence. (CBCPNews)


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