Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sensitive but True

The Church’s stand versus the RH Bill has become a sensitive issue causing some division among groups. But we should keep on the search for the truth. After all it is the “truth that sets us free” (cf. Jn. 8:32).

First of all, the Church’s official position has been and is consistently opposed to artificial contraceptives and abortion. Why? Because it is pro life and follows God’s original decree: “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it” (Gen. 1:22). The Church’s position and belief are in favor of a disciplined family morality and openness to life in the sexual relations of man and woman united in faithful monogamous marital union.

They talk of overpopulation but what will happen as effect of undue population control? It will be a sort of depopulation tending towards humanity’s extinction. Observe the places where contraceptives are extensively practiced. Sure there is such feeling of satisfaction and being unrestrained in immoral practices in a great number of places, but the people’s strength is being sapped when there are no more younger people who would eventually be the support of the older generation.

It is ironical to observe the phenomenon of the more progressive powerful nations insinuating through monetary allurements and offers, plus some veiled coercion so as to make the poorer developing nations control their populations. Perhaps the latent motives may be to get hold of the natural resources of the underdeveloped countries and have political control over them.

Certainly the issues have somehow become divisive and emotional. At least we must try to seek out the truth of the whole issue at hand. St. Padre Pío had mentioned this: “Faith is not to be argued over, either you accept it with your eyes closed, admitting the inadequacy of the human mind to understand its mysteries, or you reject it. There is no middle way. The choice is up to you” (from the book Padre Pío the Stigmatist, written by Fr. Charles Mortimar Carty, p. 104). Psalm 71:15 somehow expresses this inadequacy of man in front of Divine truth. It says: “I will tell of your goodness; all day long I will speak of your salvation, though it is more than I can understand.”

Surely this issue is sensitive since some prominent legislators have been requesting to be exempted from Church sanctions. But there’s nothing personal or emotional there. The Church speaks authoritatively within her realm of faith and morals. Canon law gives some sanctions. But deep in your heart you know you cannot escape from God’s justice. “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). It is for your own eternal well-being when the Church exhorts us to follow God’s eternal decrees. Man is destined, with God’s help and mercy, for an eternal bliss unless he loses it through his own fault and pride if he dares abuse of God’s goodness. Let’s not forget the hidden agenda of Satan who keeps on busily campaigning for more inmates to the shady dungeons of Hell.

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