Contraception is Corruption!

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A CBCP Pastoral Letter on the latest decision on the Reproductive Health Bill

Contraception is Corruption!

 Seeking Light and Guidance on the RH Bill Issue

“What then should we do?” (Lk. 3, 10)

 As we begin the nine-day Misa de Gallo today, our thoughts turn to John the Baptist, the one who points to Jesus, the Christ Child. People came to him to ask, “What then should we do?” because their hearts were filled with expectation for the Messiah. (Lk. 3,15) They needed reason to hope. St. John the Baptist told them to share what they had, to act with justice, and shun extortion.

Today, our question as a people of God, regarding the controversial RH bill, may be the same. What then should we do?

On behalf of the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, I reiterate the collective discernment of the Philippine bishops that the RH Bill if passed into law can harm our nation. Contraception corrupts the soul. The RH Bill is being gift wrapped to look like a gift for maternal health care. It is not so. It will lead to greater crimes against women.

The poor are being promised a better life through the RH Bill. It will not be so. The poor can rise from their misery through more accessible education, better hospitals and lesser government corruption. Money for contraceptives can be better used for education and authentic health care.

The youth are being made to believe that sex before marriage is acceptable provided you know how to avoid pregnancy. Is this moral? Those who corrupt the minds of children will invoke divine wrath on themselves.

The Reproductive Health Bill, if passed into law in its present form, will put the moral fibre of our nation at risk. As we your bishops have said in the past, a contraceptive mentality is the mother of an abortion mentality. The wide and free accessibility of contraceptives, even to the youth, will result in the destruction of family life and in greater violence against women.

What then should we do?

We congratulate the one hundred four (104) congressmen and women who voted NO to the RH Bill. You have voted courageously, despite all pressures, to stand up for what is right and true. The Church will remember you as the heroes of our nation, those who have said no to corruption and who care for the true welfare of the people, especially the poor. May you continue to be steadfast and not waiver in your stand against moral corruption.

What then should we do?

We plead with the sixty four (64) congressmen who have not voted, to be enlightened and stand up for the Truth. As St. John the Baptist directed the people to justice, we call on you also to seek justice for the Filipino people. The Church teaches us to follow our conscience, the inner sanctuary where we are alone with God (Gaudium et Spes #16), but such conscience must be formed and informed according to the universal values that are common to all human persons. The truth is that to be pro-child, pro-mother and pro-poor, we must resist all threats against them. This is justice. Stand up for it; defend it; do not be swayed by worldly pressures, and be the champion of the people who voted for you. God knows and sees what you are doing.

What then should we do?

We admonish the Filipino Catholic faithful to sharewith those who have less this Christmas, but also share in praying that our congressmen and women will be faithful to their call to serve the true interests of the Filipino people. This means upholding life, saying no to contraception which is corruption, and being faithful to the Christ Child who was pro-woman, pro-child and pro-poor.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 15, 2012

For the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines currently out of the country,

 

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, D.D.

Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan &

Vice-President, CBCP

 

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3 Responses to Contraception is Corruption!

  1. The youth in Philippine society today are being bombarded left and right and all around with highly sexualized contents of media: from news papers, tv, radio and internet. It is very hard for the young people not to notice all of this and so obvious for the learned adults what the young people today are going through. The young people needs guidance especially from the church and the church should be aware that you cannot isolate nor insulate the young people today from these situations but we can educate them and their parents especially, so that they (young people) will be able to discern what is morally right or wrong.

    It is quite obvious that a lot of personalities in the show business gives examples in life that is morally decadent and that so many young people believer or not act in the same manner. Not only the young people but prominent public figures and politicians. It is a situation that is long time existent.

    What amazes me is the failure of the church to recognize this situation. Maybe they are really out of touch or just turning a blind eye hoping that the situation will resolve itself. It is so outrageous to make an allegation that “The youth are being made to believe that sex before marriage is acceptable provided you know how to avoid pregnancy”. I have to spell it out that people have sex before marriage and there are a lot of them, and does not exclude the “believers”. And when they got married they cheat on their spouses. How could you not notice that.

    I would consider the RH bill a wake up call to the “CHURCH” authority to reassess their position in society not just being a noisy bunch. Generally speaking, non catholic christians are less likely to be sexually promiscuous than catholic. How could you miss that Bishop.

    “those who have said no to corruption and who care for the true welfare of the people, especially the poor”

    What welfare of the poor? Historically the church propagate the ideals of poverty. In the medieval times the monks even impersonate the beggars and compete with them for the church income. Mother Theresa lived in “poverty”, allegedly travelling around the world rubbing elbows with politicians and the rich (which she did) prefer to expand the order (Missionaries of charity) and propagate the idea that poverty is a noble virtue (if you only knew what most people don’t know what she did in India)than actual alleviation of poverty.

    With the amount of money that pours in during the mass I wonder their initiatives in social welfare seemed invisible. It that only for the sustenance of the clergy?
    Poverty is really a virtue (only for the poor).

    Floresco Halogi
    December 17, 2012 at 10:25 am
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  2. I agree with the content of the news that indeed this will be an avenue for corruption. The only good thing I see here is that we can now put into writings the statistics of how many men and women made a wrong decision, instead of keeping a family together they prefer to build another. Having people voicing out their real situation is a very positive output this bill may ever do. Church and ngos will now have an in depth stats to ask for more support from the government. The government put this in place then they should be responsible enough for more mitigation funds.

    Children due to media are now pumped with too much information and none from all private and public sector can withdraw tthese from them. They are smarter now and can easily find anything using internet, media even casual chatting. It is hypocrisy to say that most immoral acts only happened now adays, remember killing and sexual abuse or with consent was ordinary during Spanish era. So where do we go from here?

    The real question is how enormous the issue really is? We might be surprised that Catholics would voluntarily say scrap the bill as we have proved that this was passed as a form of corruption. Miracles do happen.

    anthony ny
    December 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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  3. “What then should we do?”

    I was just wondering why there was no call for an Oratio Imperata during the period of deliberations and/or voting of the bill. Is the prayer resorted only when a strong typhoon will hit the country? Passing of the RH bill into law is worse for our nation than a devastating typhoon. aside from street protest, all the bishops should have prayed together to the Mother of God. It is not late.

    “What then should we do.”

    I hope and pray that the our bishops will beseech the faithful to daily pray the Rosary now more than ever, to return to the sacrament of reconciliation (those who have committed mortal sin and those who supported RH law and catholics using contraceptives even before the law was passed), and receive the Holy Communion in reparation committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    2nd, for all the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, to consecrate our country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in one special day (maybe on January 1, 2013, the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God}. Bishops in far flung provinces or those who cannot make it to Manila can do it in their diocese or Cathedral. But it must be on the same day and hour. Bishops in their diocese can do it with their parish priests and parishioners. To consecrate our country to Her means to surrender to entrust everything to Her. Its never late our dearest cardinals and bishops.

    Please forgive me for my unsolicited suggestion.

    Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us.

    littlesoulXV
    December 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm
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