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CBCP to discuss federalism in plenary assembly

CBCP to discuss federalism in plenary assembly

CBCP 112th Plenary Assembly in Cebu City in January 2016. (CBCPNews)

MANILA, Jan. 27, 2017–The proposed shift to a federal parliamentary form of government will be one of the topics for discussion when bishops from across the country meet in Manila starting Saturday.

The gathering, known as a plenary assembly, is discussing the country’s “sociopolitical landscape”, apart from ecclesiastical matters.

CBCP Secretary General Fr. Marvin Mejia, however, did not elaborate the social concerns the plenary is going to tackle.

He said the CBCP has invited some experts to discuss issues on federalism being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“First, what is federalism? According to experts, it has different types. There’s a need for discussion before any statements can be made and that’s what the bishops are doing. They reflect and pray,” Mejia said.

The three-day assembly will start with a 6am Mass to be presided by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto at the Pope Pius XII Center on UN Avenue in Paco, Manila.

Mejia added that the bishops will also discuss the trends in social media to advance evangelization and reflect on the ethics of digital life.

He said the discussion is also in the light of the spread of fake news and deceptive memes attacking the Catholic Church.

Although not part of the plenary, Mejia said the bishops are also set to watch a documentary film on extrajudicial killings on Sunday night.

The CBCP currently has 87 active and 41 honorary members who are expected to attend the biannual meeting that will be presided by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who is now in his last year as president. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)