Saturday, 20 June 2020 11:39

CBCP to meet Online for Plenary Assembly

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will meet online for their regular gathering of the Bishops’ Plenary Assembly in July as response to the health risk caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CBCP had announced the cancellation of its plenary assembly last June 5, 2020. Then, it was re-scheduled to be held on July 11-13, 2020 at Pus XII Center.

Most Rev. Jose Colin Bagaforo, Bishop of Kidapawan and also the CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines Chairman, stated that they are hoping that aside from the Permanent Council Officers, the leaders of the different commissions of CBCP will also participate in the online conference.

“Canceled yung aming Plenary Assembly ngayong July, indefinite pa baka sa January baka matuloy na. So ang number 1 na gagawin ng CBCP ay magkakaroon kami ng online na pagpupulong ang mga Permanent Council officers together with the heads of the different commissions, naka-schedule pa hindi pa namin alam kung kailan but it will be schedule pa ngayon sigurong June o July,” said the Bishop during an interview with Radio Veritas.

The plenary assembly of the CBCP is held twice a year, which usually falls every January and July.

According to Bp. Bagaforo, before postponing the plenary assembly, NASSA/Caritas Philippines agreed on three concerns to be discussed on the plenary.

One is the response and the contribution of the Church amidst the crisis caused by the pandemic to further assess the appropriate procedures for the new normal.

“Maaring maging agenda at aming ipi-present with the permanent council, number 1 yung response natin yung ano yung mga nagawa natin, at saka ano yung mga na-contribute natin at saka ano yung ating pananaw, reflections natin that will lead us to our pastoral action, pastoral approaches with regards sa isyu ng new normal in effect ng COVID-19 sa whole society including yung ating Simbahan,” said the Bishop.

Also, the position of the Church regarding the controversial Anti-Terror Bill of 2020, which includes the provisions of setting aside the right of each citizen and the constitution.

On the other hand, the NASSA/Caritas Philippines is expected to discuss the continuous preparation of the Church for its 500 years of Christianity in 2021.

Bishop Bagaforo said that “ang pinaka-urgent na issue which is palagay ko yung stand natin sa Anti-Terror Act na maaring maging batas na, siguro pangatlo diyan yung pag-uusapan namin yung usual yung aming preparations for the 2021–500 years celebration ng ating Simbahan.”

This is the first time that the bishops’ plenary assembly was canceled in accordance/compliance with the safety health measures implemented by the government that religious gatherings are still not allowed.

The Bishops' Annual Retreat, which usually occurs every July before the assembly, will also be moved to January next year. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)


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