here about pro-life. Is this an indication
of the hierarchy's lack of appreciation
for the intense spiritual war and the
dangers that are upon us regarding family
I agree with using our conscience, as
is the teaching of the Church. But as
is always stressed, it must be an informed
conscience. However, if clerics themselves
who are pro-choice are the ones forming
consciences, then talking of an informed
conscience is still not enough. It has
to be a conscience formed IN CONFORMITY
WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH.
The election on May 10 is not just a political
exercise, but is about the culture war
for and against life. It is about spiritual
warfare. It is about the very destiny
of the Philippines to be God's light in
Asia and to the world.
Urge Filipinos to Vote in Conscience
Nation to Elect President on Monday
Philippines, MAY 6, 2010 (Zenit.org).-
The president of the Philippine episcopal
conference is urging voters to follow
their consciences when they head to the
booths next week, and to be patient with
the nation's first use of an electronic
Tuesday statement from Bishop Nereo Odchimar
of Tandag acknowledged the deep flaws
in the Philippine election process, but
also pointed to signs of hope. Filipinos
will be choosing a president, vice president,
a large portion of Congress, and all local
prelate listed "dehumanizing"
factors, including unheeded electoral
laws, violations on campaign spending,
vote buying, intimidation and violence.
of votes have even gone up as voters demand
higher prices or favors," he observed.
"All these require money and -- alas!
-- many sources of funds are either illegal
or have strings attached to them."
Odchimar lamented that many voters "still
go about haphazardly in forming their
consciences" and many voices "often
stifle the voice of conscience."
if these social factors weren't enough,
the election also stands on shaky ground
because of problems with the new electronic
voting system. Initial tests showed malfunctions
and now there is a repair campaign hurriedly
the leader of the episcopal conference
also listed the "spaces of hope"
and affirmed: "We are a nation learning
to pray and work for social transformation."
made a call to voters: "Let us choose
the way of God during elections by choosing
good and rejecting evil, even the lesser
evil. Listening to one’s conscience
is the starting point for infusing Christian
morality and spirituality into the electoral
prelate also had an exhortation for the
candidates: "Be truly God-fearing
and shun vote buying even if it costs
you votes. [...] Be magnanimous winners
and gracious losers, ready to work together
for the common good after elections."
last recommendation comes as the front-runner
-- the son of a former president who was
installed by a "people power"
movement -- claims there will be an uprising
from that same movement if he is not proclaimed
Odchimar offered as a final word a recommendation
to "shun short cuts."
us give our 'yes' to conscience, to constitution,
and to Christ as we engage in a politics
of patience, humility, and hope,"
he said. "Only a solidarity of consciences
will enable us to see a 'new heaven and
a new earth.'"
"For to me to live is Christ, and to
die is gain." (Phil 1:21)