Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RH Law Controversies

(the reproductive health issues)

           The Catholic Church in the Philippines through the Bishops’ Conference has expressed its clear opposition to the RH Bill/Law.  Speaking in behalf of the Conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas wrote in the 2012 Pastoral Letter of the CBCP, dated December 15, 2012: “On behalf of the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), currently out of the country, I reiterate the collective discernment of the Philippine Bishops that the RH Bill if passed into law can harm our nation… 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… 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 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 pleasures, and be the champion of the people who voted for you.  God knows and sees what you are doing.”

           Basically the main reason for the Church’s stand is that she stands in defense of the basic rights of man, which are the rights to life, liberty and property. And therefore those measures that go in contradiction to that basic respect for life or cause harm to the life of the human being will certainly fall under that basic 5th of God’s ten commandments:  “You shall not kill” (cf. Deut. 5:17).  We must be honest with ourselves and not deceive ourselves with other worldly interests or attractions and excuses that may cost us the eternal damnation of our souls.  As Archbishop Villegas mentions in his statement above-“God knows and sees what you are doing.”

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