CBCP Statements

Press Statement on Death Penalty

The House of Representatives has given its consent for the State to kill. We, your bishops, are overcome with grief but we are not defeated nor shall we be silenced. In the midst of Lent we prepare to celebrate the triumph of Life over Death, and while we grieve that...

Press Statement on the arrest of Sen. De Lima

FOLLOWING the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, we turn to God in fervent prayer to heal our land. We beg the Lord to pour forth upon us the passion NOT for vengeance but for justice. We humbly pray to the Lord who called Himself the Truth to set our hearts aflame for...

An invitation to reflect, pray and act

To the Catholic Faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila (comprising the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and San Juan) My dear sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, Peace be with you! Once again the issue of capital punishment or the death penalty has...

Statement on the Age of Criminal Liability

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines implores Congress of the Philippines to keep intact the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, especially regarding the age of criminal liability. We are therefore opposed to lowering the age of criminal liability. The...

Amending the Constitution

Dear Catholic Faithful We write this pastoral letter to you with an eye to our celebration of the 500th year of the coming of Christianity to our shores. By 2021 the Christian faith shall have arrived in our shores for half a millennium already. For a long time we...

Statement on Death Penalty

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. It is this Gospel we must preach. It is this Gospel that we must uphold. We therefore unequivocally oppose proposals and moves to return the death penalty into the Philippine legal system. We took a considerable...

The Church at the crossroads

(Message of Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the opening session of the 114th Plenary Assembly of the CBCP on January 28, 2017 at the Pius XII Catholic Center.) We are seeing a world in transition and the Church in transition with society. There are essential things;...