let Catholics unite and even take to
the streets. But I recommend a better
way -- elect a pro-life President.
are only two candidates who are pro-life
-- JC delos Reyes and Manny Villar.
The current leading candidate is pro-choice,
health. He is even arrogantly disdainful
of clergy, including Cardinal Vidal,
who try to correct him. Let it be made
clear -- his becoming President will
be a disaster for the culture of life.
We are at the crossroads in our nation
as far as family and life are concerned.
A President can make or break the culture
of life. We have it in our power to
ensure that the forces of darkness,
including Catholics for Choice, do not
make further headway. If a pro-choice
President is elected, we will have no
one else to blame but ourselves.
Let the clergy and the laity speak out!
Filipino Bishop Warns Faithful about
'Catholics for Choice'
Thaddeus M. Baklinski
April 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- A press release from the Catholic
Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
(CBCP) has warned the public to "become
wary of a catholic group that endorses
the use of condoms."
Bishop Arturo Bastes has called on Catholics
to be cautious of the Washington
D.C.-based pro-abortion group called
Catholics for Choice (CFC), which has
given its full support to the recent
condom distribution program of the Department
of Health (DoH).
wary of this group. Let us not allow
ourselves to be misled. The Church has
been clear from the beginning why it
is against the condom program of the
DoH,” the bishop said.
Bastes said the CFC's advocacy of abortion
and contraception “is against
the will of God, against the teaching
of the Church. We have to respect life
which God has given us. We cannot simply
play with the divine power of human
reproduction, that’s why the Catholic
Church is really against it.”
Catholic Bishops of the Philippines
have condemned the government's initiative
to distribute free condoms in an attempt
to fight the spread of HIV and STDs
in Manila and other regions of the country,
as well as the introduction of mandatory
sex education in the country's schools.
distribution of condoms started on 13
February this year, in anticipation
of St. Valentine's day, which critics
of the program said was a duplicitous
way of promoting promiscuity.
response, Bishop Bastes called on church
groups to take to the streets to protest.
organizations (such as) Knights of Columbus,
Couples for Christ, Catholic Women’s
League and the Parents and Teachers
Association should unite. This
(government policy) is destroying our
country. We have the right to
protest. Let’s take it to the
streets," the bishop said in an
article on the CBCP website.
Bastes advised Catholics to think and
reflect well on their stand on condom
you support condom distribution, you
have to examine your life if you would
remain Catholic. As a Catholic, you
must follow the teachings of the Catholic
Church. There is no such thing as half
bishop called on the faithful to promote
marital fidelity, abstinence and responsible
sexuality, and respect for life from
conception, rather than encourage irresponsible
sexual activity and the use of contraceptives.
is a sacred gift from God. We have to
value and respect it,” he said.
See related LSN articles:
Bishops: "Condoms and Irresponsible
Sex Increases Spread of AIDS"
Doctors Confirm Pope's Statement: Statistics
Prove Condoms Ineffective Against HIV
for Choice' Demands Abortion in Canada's
G8 Maternal Health Plan
to me to live is Christ, and to die
is gain." (Phil 1:21)