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A CBCP Pastoral Letter on the latest decision on the Reproductive Health Bill

 





Contraception is Corruption! 
Seeking Light and Guidance on the RH Bill Issue 
“What then should we do?” (Lk. 3, 10)

 

As we begin the nine-day Misa de Gallo today, our thoughts turn to John the Baptist,

the one who points to Jesus, the Christ Child. People came to him to ask, “What then

should we do?” because their hearts were filled with expectation for the Messiah.

(Lk. 3,15) They needed reason to hope. St. John the Baptist told them to share what

they had, to act with justice, and shun extortion.

 

Today, our question as a people of God, regarding the controversial RH bill, may be

the same. What then should we do?

 

On behalf of the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, I

reiterate the collective discernment of the Philippine bishops that the RH Bill if

passed into law can harm our nation. Contraception corrupts the soul. 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.

 

The poor are being promised a better life through the RH Bill. It will not be so. The

poor can rise from their misery through more accessible education, better hospitals

and lesser government corruption. Money for contraceptives can be better used for

education and authentic health care.

 

The youth are being made to believe that sex before marriage is acceptable provided

you know how to avoid pregnancy. Is this moral? Those who corrupt the minds of

children will invoke divine wrath on themselves.

 

The Reproductive Health Bill, if passed into law in its present form, will put the

moral fibre of our nation at risk. As we your bishops have said in the past, a

contraceptive mentality is the mother of an abortion mentality. The wide and free

accessibility of contraceptives, even to the youth, will result in the destruction of

family life and in greater violence against women.

 

What then should we do?

 

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 Church will remember you as the heroes of our nation,

those who have said no to corruption and who care for the true welfare of the

people, especially the poor. May you continue to be steadfast and not waiver in your

stand against moral corruption.

 

What then should we do?

 

We plead with the sixty four (64) congressmen who have not voted, to be enlightened

and stand up for the Truth. As St. John the Baptist directed the people to justice, we

call on you also to seek justice for the Filipino people. The Church teaches us to

follow our conscience, the inner sanctuary where we are alone with God (Gaudium et

Spes #16), but such conscience must be formed and informed according to the

universal values that are common to all human persons. 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 pressures, and be the

champion of the people who voted for you. God knows and sees what you are doing.

 

What then should we do?

 

We admonish the Filipino Catholic faithful to share with those who have less this

Christmas, but also share in praying that our congressmen and women will be faithful

to their call to serve the true interests of the Filipino people. This means upholding

life, saying no to contraception which is corruption, and being faithful to the Christ

Child who was pro-woman, pro-child and pro-poor.

 

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 15, 2012

 

For the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines currently out

of the country, 



+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, D.D.

Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan &

Vice-President, CBCP