Young people are the core of fight for life — Manila bishop

Young people are the core of fight for life — Manila bishop

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Manila archdiocese, delivers the homily at the Walk for Life at the Quezon City Memorial Circle Feb. 15. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF CUBAO

By CBCP News

February 17, 2020

Manila, Philippines

The young people are at the core of the fight for life because they will bear the impact of “anti-life” policies, a Catholic bishop said.

Speaking at this year’s “walk for life” in Quezon City over the weekend, Bishop Broderick Pabillo warned against “bad policies” that would affect the next generation.

“We should speak now because once these legislations are in place, it would be hard to overturn these laws and many people will be affected, especially the youth,” Pabillo said.

He particularly exhorted the lay people to be proactive in social issues for the common good.

“This is your turf… that’s why we should speak out!” the bishop said. “At this time, everybody of us has a chance to speak, especially in social media”.

The prelate was delivering his homily during Mass at the Quezon Memorial Circle to highlight the Walk for Life on Saturday.

Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Manila archdiocese, also noted the huge presence of young people during the event.

According to him, they bring conviction and enthusiasm to the cause against killings, divorce, the death penalty, same-sex union, the care for the environment, among others.

“I wish that more young people would come for our walk for life because they will really suffer the impact of these issues,” he added.

Organized by the Council of the Laity in the Philippines, the walk for life was started in 2017 amidst the spate of drug-related killings in the country.

This year, simultaneous Walks for Life were also held in the archdioceses of Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Palo and Lingayen-Dagupan.

Hundreds of lay people also gathered for the same event in Tarlac, Borongan, Gumaca and other dioceses.