Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Artificial Contraceptives

With the RH Bill issues connected to the stand of several politicians running on these Philippine elections 2010, the contraceptive controversy has gained the forefront. The stand of the Church has been clear since the issuance of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae (on Human Life) of Pope Paul Vi, in 1968. Just as today the minds of people tend to revert to natural cures (or as close to nature) as remedy for sicknesses (vis-a-vis side effects of artificial medications), so also it seems the Church favors the responsible parenthood, only through natural ways of self-control, not the artificial devices of contraception. The production of such devices has become a booming business, that is what has accentuated the issue since money is involved here. The Church favors respect for life, the first right of man, over such other considerations, much more so, since the issue is very much connected to the morality of sex, family, and the purity of morals. The corruption comes in, precisely, since "the love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Tim. 6:10). It does bespeak a lack of trust in God's care when we hear the "lumang tugtugin - matiwas ang caldero ko dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay" (life is so harsh and I will barely have enough to eat, literally translated: "my kettle will be turned upside down for lack of food to cook."

At the beginning of creation: "God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them saying to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it'" (Gen. 1:27-28). To follow God's will, let us choose the candidates who have a deep respect for life. Rather than limit the guests to the table of life, we must rather increase the resources of food, clothing, and shelter so we may have better citizens of the earth and future citizens of our final destiny of heaven with God and His saints, in our true and final home.

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