Category Archives: The Catholic Perspective

Feedback to “Overwhelming case for the RH Bill”

Reposting. Original post by Jun Abejo here.

“The RH Bill, first of all, is about the right of women to control their own bodies. It is about choice, especially the primordial choice of a woman, together with her partner, to determine the size of her family.”
This statement springs from an “inadequate, insufficient and impoverished” anthropology of the human person. It is obvious that it treats the woman’s body as “inessential” to her personhood. It is as if the “body” is just a mere “external equipment” of the human person. In this line of thinking, begetting children is nothing different from animal reproduction. It negates the “spiritual” dimension of procreation where the Almighty Creator God is mysteriously involved in contributing to the “spiritual soul” of the new child rendering her or him a totally unique and totally unrepeatable human person.

This preoccupation to “control” reflects the “the modern passion to dominate the world and everything bodily by the means of technology. One looks upon the material world, and even one’s own human body, as nothing but raw material for human making and manufacturing, as if everything in nature receives its meaning from what man chooses to do with it. As a result, we become estranged from our bodies, looking at them as objects over against us”. (John F.Crosby, “Embodiment”, Lay Witness magazine, October 2000)

Taking a Stand on the RH Bill, from kaRoger

Ngunit hindi ako naniniwalang responsibilidad ng estado na magpamahagi ng contraceptives sa mga mamamayan nito. Alam ko ay ang responsibilidad ng estadong paglingkuran at protektahan ang sambayanan at mapalaya ang mamamayan nito sa kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng mga polisiya sa pagbibigay ng sapat na batayang serbisyong panlpunan, sapat na trabaho, mataas na batayan ng pamumuhay at pinabuting kalidad ng buhay para sa lahat.SA LAHAT.

Saan man nanggaling, sa mahirap o mayamang pamilya man, iyan ang responsibilidad ng estado. Ayoko na nakamit ang mga layon ng estadong ito dahil pinababa ang fertility rate ng mga mahihirap o ng bansa sa kabuuan. Siguro nga ay solusyon ang RH Bill sa problema ng kahirapan sa Pilipinas ngunit tutugunan lamang nito ay ang mga mabababaw na aspeto ng kahirapan at ang mga solusyong ibibigay nito ay hindi pangmatagalan.Hindi ako naniniwalang sagot sa kahirapan ang pamamahagi ng libreng contraceptives sa mag-asawa.

More from kaRoger.

A View from the Other Side

Interesting blog post about something happening in America, Land of the Free:

I know a young man who is heartbroken and devastated because his fiancée’s Catholic mother informed her daughter she would absolutely refuse to attend their wedding unless the couple agreed to use contraception. “I raised an intelligent, independent daughter,” this woman insisted, “smart enough to get into [a prominent Ivy League School]. That daughter should be smart enough not to become enslaved to the rules of a bunch of old celibate white guys wearing dresses in Rome.”

But here’s my question: Where’s the much-vaunted “tolerance”? Who’s forcing what on whom? Is it really the Catholic priests in Rome who are “policing” this young woman’s bedroom, or is it her mother? Who is the party willing to engage in a dialogue: the Magisterium whose members have written literally hundreds of well-reasoned pages on the topic; or the mother who in no uncertain terms condemns her daughter for being “stupid” for even thinking about not contracepting?

Who exactly in these circumstances is really on the side of women’s freedom? Who is forcing women to do what they want them to do, and who is trying to convince women to make educated and responsible choices about their own fertility? Is the mother who refuses to go to her daughter’s wedding unless she promises to contracept allowing her daughter to make her own educated and responsible choice about her own fertility? Or is she choosing for her daughter from a position of alleged superiority?

Read the rest here: Freedom from Catholicism.

Bakit Ko Tinututulan Ang RH Bill?

From Ansel Beluso, former entertainment writer and showbiz talk-show host:

Ang RH Bill ay mapanganib sa pamilya dahil pinahihina nito ang ugnayan ng magulang at anak; at pinanghihimasukan nito ang karapatan at obligasyon ng magulang bilang pangunahing guro at gabay ng mga anak sa usapin ng seksuwalidad.

Ito rin ay mapanganib sa kabataan dahil ituturo nitong isabuhay ng ating mga anak ang kalayaang magbubunga ng ibayong kapusukan at mga maling pagpapahalaga. Ito ay salungat sa aral ni Ama at ni Ina, kumakalaban sa tradisyon at kalinangan nating mga Filipino, at may malaking potensiyal na magdulot ng peligro sa kapakanan ng mga bagong sibol na Filipino.

Catholics and Condoms

The inside pages of the ad announce that, “Catholics support the use of condoms to prevent HIV,” while attempting to justify this claim by misquoting Pope Benedict XVI in his 2010 book co-authored with Peter Seewald, Light of the World.

The point of the ad is obvious: to pit Catholics against their bishops by calling into question the decency and even morality of the “hierarchy’s position.” By creating a façade of strength in numbers, the ad suggests that Catholics can democratically pressure their hierarchy into changing its “position.”

It’s unclear why so many people insist on describing themselves as “Catholic” when they apparently have no desire to actually learn and live the tenets of the Catholic religion. Yet because of their relentless insistence to muddy the waters and return civilization to the era of the sophists, a clarification of the truly Catholic position in response to this ad is warranted.

Read the rest here.

Do Good Catholics Use Condoms?

It’s unclear why so many people insist on describing themselves as “Catholic” when they apparently have no desire to actually learn and live the tenets of the Catholic religion. Yet because of their relentless insistence to muddy the waters and return civilization to the era of the sophists, a clarification of the truly Catholic position in response to this ad is warranted.

First, the teaching of the Church (note the difference in phrasing from “the position of the Catholic hierarchy”) is received teaching— received by the whole Church. Number 84 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states: “The apostles entrusted the “Sacred deposit” of the faith … contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, to the whole of the Church.”

Read the rest here: Good Catholics Don’t Use Condoms.

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The Church In Times of Crisis

Old news but needs repeating. In times of natural disasters, what’s one of the first places people flock to, if not the first? The Church. Its doors are always open, its pews ready and available, its walls safe and sheltering. Who are the Church? We are. And the fact of the matter is that when disasters strike, we as a people come together and help out the less fortunate. It’s not just the Church building itself that lends shelter from the rains. It’s our priests, our nuns, it’s us the people. We can never dismiss the role the Church plays as refuge for all, young and old, rich and poor. It’s just the way we are. Too often these days we are seen as the enemy. Too often people forget that Church is where they’ll find help when all else seems hopeless.

There were about 5000 or more people who took refuge in our Church these past few days. We sheltered them. We fed them. We never worried about their big number. We never looked at them as problems. We marveled at the spirit of charity that engulfed us and the people who helped us in serving them. May our service bring out the message that we want to tell the whole world: “WELCOME TO THE CHURCH! WELCOME HOME!”

Photo Credit: Art Vincent Pangan
More here.

Flood victims take refuge in a church in Pasig
Flood victims take refuge in a church in Pasig

Photo Credit: Diana Uichanco

Infallible Teaching on Artificial Contraceptives

Infallible Teaching on Artificial Contraceptives

by Dr. Bernardo Villegas

Even before the “limits to growth” hypothesis broke out in the 1970s, as an economist I had always rejected any attempt to resuscitate of the completely discredited theory that
Thomas Malthus first proferred more than two centuries ago. My training at Harvard under Nobel Prize winners like Simon Kuznets inoculated me once and for all against the Malthusian germ. Over the last half century, the Malthusian theory has been disproved time and time again. Population growth does no lead to mass starvation given the unlimited propensity of the human mind to increase the productivity of the earth’s resources. What limits human resources is the propensity of the human will to evil. But that’s another thing.
No matter how convinced I am about my economic theory about population and poverty, however, I try to have the intellectual humility to admit that I could be wrong since economics is a
very inexact science. Of course, the population controllers could also be wrong. That is why I want to turn in this instance to a science–theology–in which freedom from human error is possible.
I am absolutely sure that the RH Bill can do much damage to Philippine society because it promotes artificial contraceptives which are intrinsically evil. I have the infallible authority of the Popes who pronounced many times that “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil ( Humanae Vitae, 14). Under this declaration, contraceptive pills, condoms, IUDs, tubal ligation, vasectomy and other forms of artificial contraception are intrinsically evil from the moral point of view.
Before a few Catholic priests or lay people can object that this pronouncement of the Popes is not infallible because it was not made ex cathedra, let me remind them of the teachings of
the Second Vatical Council (the fiftieth anniversary of whose opening we will celebrate on October 11, 2012). As any one can read in the document “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”
(Lumen Gentium) promulgated on November 21, 1964, “Bishops who teach in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be revered by all as witnesses of divine and Catholic truth; the faithful
for their part, are obliged to submit to their bishops’ decision, made in the name of Christ, in matters of faith and morals, and to adhere to it with a ready and respectful allegiance of mind. This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given, in a special way, to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, even when he does not speak ex cathedra in such wise, indeed, that his supreme teaching authority be acknowledged with respect, and sincere assent be given to decisions made by him, conformably with his manifest mind and intention, which is made known principally either by the character of the documents in question, or by the frequency with which a certain doctrine is proposed, or by the manner in which the doctrine is formulated (Lumen Gentium, 25). In short, the Vicar of Christ on earth, the Supreme Pontiff is infallible every time he teaches on matters of dogma or morals, even if he does not teach ex cathedra. His ordinary teaching authority is enough to oblige Catholics to adhere to his teachings.

I have news for Catholics–whether priests or lay people– who maintain that they can still be good Catholics while rejecting the teaching about the intrinsic moral evil of artificial contraceptives. You may not be excommunicated (considered today as too extreme a solution to doctrinal error). But you are violating the obligation to “submit to your bishops’ decision, made in the name of Christ, in matters of faith and morals.” You are willfully refusing to adhere to a teaching on morals (not economics or politics) with a ready and respectful allegiance of mind. In short, you can consider yourself a Catholic of good standing only by a wide stretch of your imagination. If you have influence on others because of your position or social standing, you are doing a great damage to the souls of others.
I am very glad that Catholic bishops in the Philippines have been very vocal about the infallible doctrine concerning the intrinsic evil of artificial contraceptives. As Lumen Gentium further states (Ibid.), “Although the bishops, taken individually, do not enjoy the privilege of infallibility, they do, however, proclaim infallibly the doctrine of Christ on the following conditions: namely, when, even though dispersed throughout the world but preserving for all that amongst themselves and with Peter’s successor the bond of communion, in their authoritative teaching concerning matters of faith and morals, they are in agreement that a particular teaching is to be held definitively and absolutely.”
With those who do not share my Catholic faith, I can only continue to dialogue in a friendly way about the harmful effects on the economy and on society as whole of a contraceptive culture
or mentality. I don’t expect them to accept lock, stock and barrel my arguments based on the human sciences. I expect, however, my brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith to seriously consider
the points I have raised here about the infallibility of the Pope (and the bishops united to the Pope) in everything that has to do with dogma and morals. The proper use of sex is one hundred
per cent a moral issue. For comments, my email address is bernardo.villegas@uap.asia

Flood Victims Flock to Churches

And if you thought that it was only the rescuers who were heroes, our priests also deserve our gratitude for opening their doors to poor refugees seeking shelter from the rain, the floods, and the cold. At Sto. Domingo church, the seminarians cooked hot meals for the wet, shivering and hungry. The same was also done in other parishes.

The Great Habagat Flood: Of Heroes and Naysayers”>Read the rest here.


From Caritas Manila:

We live to serve

Ito ang panawagan ni Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr.Anton Pascual sa patuloy na pagbuhos ng malakas na ulan kung saan maraming lugar sa Metro Manila,Northern at Southern Luzon ang lubog sa baha. Ayon kay Fr.Anton,patuloy ang relief operations ng Caritas Manila sa mga residente ng binabahang lugar sa ,Quezon City Navotas, Rizal, Manila, Pasay at Marikina City.

Sinabi ng executive director ng Caritas Manila na nakapagbigay na rin ang Caritas ng relief goods,mga kumot,mga gamot sa 325 na pamilya sa Barangay Sta.Cruz, 300-pamilya sa Roxas District,250 pamilya sa San Antonio de Padua Parish at 120 na pamilya sa Immaculate Conception Parish sa Quezon city.

Ipinadala naman ng Caritas sa may 1,221 pamilya ng Baseco ang 500 Caritas Manna pack boxes at 30 sako ng damit. Nagdeliver din ang Caritas Manila ng relief goods sa 600 pamilya sa San Pablo Apostol parish,100-sa St.Joseph parish sa Gagalangin Tondo,180-na pamilya sa Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage,50-Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,30-Sto.Nino de Tondo,100-San Jose Manggagawa,55-Our Lady of the Most Blessed,500-San Agustin sa Baseco. Bukod dito,inihayag ni Father Pascual na may naka-ready pang sampung libong relief goods(10,000)at 10,000 first aid kit na good for 3-5 days ang Caritas Manila para sa mga residenteng nasa evacuation centers.

Sa kabila nito, nananawagan si Father Anton sa lahat na mayroong sobra sa kanilang pangangailangan na itulong sa kanilang mga kababayang nasalanta ng malakas na ulan dulot ng Habagat na nasa iba’t-ibang evacuation centers at mga Simbahan. Inihayag ni Fr.Anton na nangangailangan ang Caritas Manila ng tulong para maibsan ang paghihirap ng mga mamamayan na nasa evacuation centers at ibang residente na nasa bubungan pa ng kanilang mga bahay.

“Peace, We are seeking help to alleviate suffering of the poor families who are victims of flooding.We provide provide 10,000 hygiene kit and relief bag good for 3-5 days.God bless your generosity a hundred fold.Thanks and God Bless”.panawagan ni Fr.Anton sa Radio Veritas

Sinabi ni Father Anton na ang mga nais tumulong ay maaring magdeposito sa BPI Savings Account no.3063-5357-01:BDO SA 5600-45905:Metro Bank SA 175-3-17506954-3 o USD Bank Accounts: BPI no. 3064-0033-55(swift code PNB MPH MM) Para naman sa pick-up na mga donasyon ay maaring tumawag sa Caritas Manila sa trunkline no:564-0205;563-9311,562-0020 up to 25 o sa fax: 564-6678.

Nagpapasalamat naman si Father Anton sa mga taong tumulong at nagbigay ng kanilang time,talent at treasure para sa mga nasalanta ng malakas na pagbaha at pag-ulan. Ipinapa-alaala ni Fr.Anton sa lahat na “we live to serve”. Anya, anuman ang gawin mo sa mga mahihirap ay ginawa mo sa Panginoon.

Photo album can be viewed here.


Found on Fr. Jojo Zerrudo’s wall on Wednesday:

EVACUEES IN HOLY FAMILY CHURCH NOW AT 1,300 PERSONS. DAY 3. And for the record, we survived the first day of the evacuation because of the DONATIONS COMING FROM PARISHES AND RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS AND PARISHIONERS. The employees of the politicians came to ask for stats and came on Day 2. Again, when disaster strikes, who do you call: THE CHURCH. Calling for volunteers to cook and serve food. More manpower needed because the evacuees increased to 1,300 persons. More manpower please

Photo album of goings-on at Holy Family Church can be found here.

If you would like to come and help, here’s a map to Holy Family Church.

This is just one of the many many churches who opened their doors to flood victims, sheltered and fed them.

In the News:

Death toll from Philippines floods rises to 60

C4RH using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Something diabolical is afoot: Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) is using Mary and the Holy Rosary to promote something which is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. I think they found a mnemonic device: RH is Roproductive Bill, so HR is Holy Rosary. HR for RH. Sounds good, right? But alas, as the Holy Rosary and the Reproductive Health Bill are opposites that can’t be mixed, in the same way as one cannot mix water and oil.

Read the rest here.

As we move forward, expect to see more of these deceiving images and words used to promote RH.

“Physicians Should Be For Life” – Pro-Life Doctor

Interviewer Robles asks why other physicians do not have the same conviction. Dr. Octaviano explains, “I can only answer for my own conscience. But this I would like to surmise. I think as I was blinded before. My other colleagues are also blinded right now because they are forgetting their identity and they forget what they are in this life for, who their true master is. They forget that when one is a physician, you have no other master than God, and this belief must be revealed by your acts to preserve the masterpiece of God, which is life.”

She further explains, “When you are a physician, you are a nurturer of life and you are working for life. You should stand up for life not for anyone, not for any drug company and not for any organization. You should stand up for God, you should stand up for life.”

“There were real threats on my life especially when we really expounded on the evils of contraception and the evils of so-called reproductive health. There were phone calls, vehicles surrounding our house. Sometimes, a stranger tapping our gates and telling our house help to tell me to stop what I am doing or threatening me that they know who drives my car, what time I leave the house and where I am going. In the face of these threats, I told my children that this is not the time to be cowards. If it is God’s will for me to give up my life for Him so be it,” she shares.

For Dr. Octaviano, there are three reasons why we should fight the reproductive health bill.

“The first and foremost reason is because this bill will steal from us our very faith. This bill will steal from us life, not only our lives but also the lives of the future generation of Filipinos. This bill deceives us into believing that this is a bill of good promises but in truth, this bill will promote unrestricted sex.

Read the rest <a href="From Doctor for Life
“>here: Doctor For Life.

Statement of CBCP president Archbishop Jose S. Palma D.D. on RH Bill

Every birth is a gift from God; every new life, a blessing; every birth a cause for rejoicing and praising God who creates new life only out of love.

Our country’s positive birth rate and a population composed of mostly young people are the main players that fuel the economy. A fact that even the government itself acknowledges as it is determined to feed, educate and keep the young people healthy.

And rightly so, for even our Constitution acknowledges that human resource is a primary social and economic force.

Read the rest here.