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Govt ‘destroying’ traditional families, values

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MANILA, Dec. 19, 2012— Now that the Aquino administration’s allies in Congress are pushing for divorce law, Catholic Church officials said the government is “destroying traditional values and families.”

When House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said they will next push the legalization of divorce, officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said they are upset, but not entirely surprised.

Even before the hotly contested reproductive health (RH) bill was passed, they knew that divorce and other “anti-family and anti-life” measures will be pushed in the country.

They call it as the “DEATH” bills because “they ultimately lead to the promotion of “Divorce, Euthanasia, Total Reproductive Health, and Homosexuality (same sex marriage)”.

“The Church has long been fighting these issues. In our experience in other countries, after RH bill, what will follow are divorce, abortion, and same sex marriage,” said Bishop Gabriel Reyes, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL).

Fr. Melvin Castro, ECFL executive secretary, said the new push for divorce only proved their previous statement that the RH bill was just the beginning of “series of anti-family and anti-life legislations.”

“This government is out to really destroy the traditional Filipino values of family and life,” said Castro. “This government has revealed its true face. It has never been for the welfare of the family, women, and children.”

Senator Pia Cayetano, the principal author of the Senate version of the RH bill, also said that there is a need to start debates on divorce.

CBCP secretary general Monsignor Joselito Asis said the Church will further educate the faithful about the “anti-life” measures.

“Since the beginning, we have been educating the people. It’s always the task of the Church. We’ve been saying that RH law will open doors to ‘DEATH’ bills,” Asis said.

The Philippines is the only country in the world—apart from the Vatican, where divorce is illegal after Malta legalized divorce last year.

The Church is against the introduction of divorce in the country for it will destroy the sanctity of marriage as a life-long commitment. (CBCPNews)

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3 Responses to Govt ‘destroying’ traditional families, values

  1. In order not to repeat what happened to RH Bill passage. It is highly suggested to our Priests, Bishops and Cardinals to solidify and explain well to their parishioners why they are against Divorce and what is their best alternatives to couple with problems in their marital relationships.

    Shunning their rights and preaching, sighting biblical passages will not help much in the long run. This issue is highly sensitive especially to women, we could not just ignore this and impose the church dogma or our basic tenets. We have to be creative in explaining to the public why should “Divorce” be not into law.

    A lot of our countrymen are waiting this issue to surface, they have not yet decided whether to go pro or anti, its the manner of our proponents defense on the arguments that will matter most.

    May God be with us and guide our thoughts. Amen.

    White Knight
    December 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

  2. The media has started years ago the campaign for the legalization of divorce by showing battered married women, philandering husbands, etc. They would like to justify that these should be enough grounds for the divorce bill to pass into law.

    And for the same sex marriage also, the group of lesbian and gay marriages as shown in other countries as accepted by the people. The issue is played up and included in the news every now and then.

    For the euthanasia, they also put in the news but not so often, that other countries also had legalized mercy killing, and the Doctors are the ones who would determine when and who should receive the verdict. And included here are those babies born with deformation (which sometimes are caused by contraceptives).

    Sister Maria Luisa Simon
    December 22, 2012 at 10:09 am

  3. Per Sen. Miriam “there is no force more superior than the idea whose time has come”.

    Probably the time has come that the Church should be pro-active. To prevent DEATH CULTURE from dominating the Filipino civilization the Church, thru the laity, may field its own candidates in all levels especially Congress and the Senate. If this happens:
    a. they could initiate the impeachment against Pres. Aquino;
    b. they could make amendments to the RH Law;
    c. the Church may have access to funds for social services…
    d. etc.

    December 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

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