Catholic Church Girds for Intensive Political Education

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Catholic Church Girds for Intensive Political Education


Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

The Catholic Church will conduct an enhanced political education campaign next year in preparation for the May, 2007 elections, Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spokesman, said yesterday.

Quitorio said the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace, the CBCP's social action arm, will be intensifying its political education campaign in the light of recent developments in the country.

"We do this every elections. But this time we are going to intensify it due to what has been happening," he said.

He said the Church had been complacent in recent years but the widespread fraud that marred the last elections prompted the need to intensify the political education of the people for them to be aware of the consequences of their vote.

"The consequence is big because that one vote can be translated into suffering by having no work, less opportunities, and roads among others due to the anomalies in government," said Quitorio.

He said the CBCP still has to decide whether to issue guidelines for the faithful during the elections but the political education campaign will include the correct conduct of the electorate. …

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