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Here in the Philippines, the Catholic Church considers civil disobedience an option in its conflict with the government on the use of artifical contraceptives

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101004-295833/Civil-disobedience-still-a-CBCP-option

MANILA, Philippines—As Church and State moved to avert a collision, Catholic bishops Sunday said civil disobedience remained “a moral option” for Catholics if the Aquino administration pushed for the distribution of artificial contraceptives to couples who want to use them.

The bishops said they had the moral authority to call for such an action if the government promoted an action contrary to the teachings of the Church.

“The Catholic Church in the Philippines can do that if it decides to do that because for one thing, civil disobedience is a moral option, one of the moral options,” said Msgr. Juanito Figura, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

I don’t know if the Catholic Church is aware of this, but they too are very vulnerable to civil disobedience. Just less than a week ago, Carlos Celdran, a manila tour guide by profession protested inside the church with what may also be considered civil disobedience.

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