Catholic church in Manila issues prayer against expanded death penalty

CHR Comment: The call for prayer came from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila where police efforts to control the sale of illegal drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths. President Duterte enacted the war on drugs and supports the death penalty. He has made several statements that have offended Roman Catholic leaders in the Philippines, who hold to their denomination’s sanctity of life view.

Source: Catholic church in Manila issues prayer against expanded death penalty | Reuters

Philippines’ Duterte Takes on Catholic Church over Contraception

The Philippines’ new president is on a collision course with the Roman Catholic Church.

CHR Comment: One wonders whether he was this forward about his views on contraception during the election, given that 80% of Philippinos are Roman Catholic. Also, what type of family planning does he have in mind (the article mentions vasectomies). Why does he suggestion that three children is enough? How does he arrive at that specific number?

I’ve added a second article below about rising teen pregnancy rates in the Philippines to provide more context.

Source: Philippines’ Duterte takes on Catholic Church over contraception

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-only-country-in-asia-where-teen-pregnancy-rising/2016/07/07/475a9232-4418-11e6-a76d-3550dba926ac_story.html