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PhilStar Editorial Reaction

Posted on : 12-10-2010 | By : admin | In : Reviews

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Below is a reaction to the recent editorial published in the Philippine Star about the Reproductive Health Bill. If you have not read the article, you may do so HERE.
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THE EDITOR

The Philippine Star

R. Oce, Jr. & Railroad Sts.

Port Area, 1018 Manila

Email: feedback@philstar.net.ph

Gentlemen:

I would like to comment on the recent articles you published regarding the Church’s opposition to the passing and approval of the Reproductive Health Bill.

The Church speaks as she ought in matters of faith and morals and it is her moral duty to do so. We all know the Reproductive Health Bill has a moral dimension since it involves Life itself which comes only from God.

The fundamental teachings of sexual ethics are matters that cannot be changed because they are based on natural law, on the very dignity of the human person and the purpose of the sexual act. The purpose of the sexual act is the transmission of life through an act of love (true committed love) so that thwarting this purpose with contraception is intrinsically disordered. If something is intrinsically evil, it remains evil always. Therefore the prohibition of contraception is unchangeable.

I re-read the draft bill and noted that Sec.4 Reproductive Health (Definition of Terms) states, in part, “… This implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so, provided that these are not against the law. This further implies that women and men are afforded equal status in matters related to sexual relations and reproduction.”

From this, we can deduce that the bill promotes or, at least, allows, pre-marital sex, as well as extra-marital sex. The sexual act is meant to be used only in marriage, where it is an expression of true committed love and where any child resulting from the act can grow up within the natural context of the family. This is the responsible parenthood.

Pre-marital sex is fornication, the carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is adultery when one of them is, or both are, married. Both are gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. And the natural law applies to all, Catholics and non-Catholics as well. God created all human beings.

I would also like to express great dismay over the manner of protest done by Carlos Celdran during Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral. The act is an outright disrespect for religion and desecration of a consecrated place. May God forgive him.

Respectfully,

Gerly de Castro

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