- His Holiness Pope Francis and the Vatican
When the Commission on Elections of the Philippines asked some Catholic dioceses to remove their 'Team Buhay, Team Patay (Team of Life, Team of Death)' posters, posters suggesting who senatorial candidates must their respective constituents vote in the near May 2013 elections, with their stand on the reproductive health (RH) law as basis, the Catholic Diocese of Bacolod insisted that only the Vatican can order the removal of mentioned posters and they released that statement during the 'sede vacante (vacant seat)' period of the Catholic Church.
Now that the 'sede vacante (vacant seat)' period was over and the Catholic Church has a new pope, His Holiness Pope Francis, it is now the appropriate and proper time to ask the Vatican to order the removal of the said poster. It is an unethical and improper act to put such posters in a place supposed to serve the spiritual needs of the Catholic faithful. The separation of Church and State, both agreed on by the Church and the State, must be upheld always by both sides.
The Church must never involve itself in partisan politics, just like what His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, a combination of Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, ask His Holiness Pope Francis and the Vatican to order the removal of the 'Team Buhay, Team Patay (Team of Life, Team of Death)' posters now spread in many Catholic dioceses in the Philippines.
The Remove 'Team Buhay, Team Patay' Posters in Philippine Catholic Churches petition to His Holiness Pope Francis and the Vatican was written by Finn Yodog and is in the category Religion at GoPetition.