Looks like the culture of death is trying to make inroads into the Philippines.
WITH the Catholic Church’s position that the Ligtas Buntis campaign of the government is against their teachings, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will advise health workers not only to stop accepting communion but the other sacraments as well.
Vidal, who believes the program promotes the “culture of death” by endorsing contraception, sterilization and abortifacients, said yesterday that the clergy will have to refuse giving the sacraments to those who will be part of the campaign.
“If somebody I know is willfully practicing this and forcing people, you should remember that it’s against the fifth commandment, and if he does that willfully, I would advise him or her not to receive the sacraments,” the prelate said in an interview at his residence.
The sacraments include confession, attending mass and receiving communion.
“It’s not excommunication but I will just advise you because you are putting yourself in a state of sin,” the cardinal said.
We then hear the typical reaction we are so use to in the U.S.
However, representatives of women’s groups said couples should be given a free hand to choose the methods they use to control their family size.
Teresita Fernandez, executive director of Lihok Pilipina Foundation, said that while they are “for life,” they are also for policies that are legal and do not advocate abortion.
Since most couples have a choice between the natural and artificial birth control methods, Fernandez said the role of the Catholic Church should now be proactive.
“The church should make the people understand that they should be responsible mentally, emotionally, physically and financially before they start a family. What they’re doing now is telling the people the do’s and don’t’s,” she also said.
You know that when they use the word proactive they are really saying don’t be proCREactive. I have seen more and more articles recently on the Philippines with snide remarks about the majority of them not using contraception and even suggesting that 30 percent of couples don’t know that sex can lead to babies. We continuously hear the drumbeat of how their increase in population is so deadly while they ignore the rest of the world aborting and contraception themselves into oblivion. I follow what goes on the Philippines fairly closely because my wife is a Filipino. The Philippines, a majority Catholic country, is still one of the only ones that doesn’t have divorce or legalized abortion. They also use to not have government provided contraception and I fear that will only lead to demand for first divorce and then legal abortion.