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The Church is consistent; individual Catholics are not

Posted on : 17-10-2010 | By : admin | In : Columns, Feedback, Letters



SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) October 09, 2010

We do have our share of e-mailed letters or commentaries in response to our articles, especially on the various topics we write about, and I always respond to our readers, regardless of whether their comments are good or negative with the exception of those who often send us insulting letters. So allow me to reprint some letters that we got in the past three weeks.

We have two responses to our column on Spiritual Warfare. “Thank you for your article today in The Philippine STAR, ‘The RH issue; This is Spiritual Warfare!’ Indeed, the Church is and will always be consistent in her teachings. They are not subject to surveys and trends. Its individual Catholics who choose to obey only the Commandments that agree with their lifestyles steeped in consumerism and hedonism.

“Please continue to write in support of life, the unborn, marriage and the family. We need your help in junking the RH bill, divorce bill and whatever bill that catches the fancy and whim of this modern, misguided world. Sadly, they are aimed at breaking the family, the basic unit of society. It will be only as strong or as weak, as what the government wants it to be. Responsible Filipinos must decide once and for all to live their faith, have a unity of life. Their beliefs and actions must agree, must be one and the same. Unknown to you, millions of readers do share your enthusiasm about your Catholic faith! God put you there for a purpose. May God always bless you and all your endeavors.
Very truly yours, Mrs. Ching Aunario.”

The other letter response comes from Sr. Ma. Carmela Cabactulan. “Many thanks for helping out clarify matters regarding the RH bill. Indeed, this controversy seems a warfare between law and faith. I presume many (if not all) of your readers understand that law is external (though it could be internalized) and faith is inherently internal (though manifestations may be externalized).

“I agree with Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez quoted in the same Philippine STAR Oct.6 issue urging the DOH and the FDA to issue strong public warnings after the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans stated that certain contraceptives are carcinogenic to humans.

“I also endorse another statement from the Philippine Medical Association calling on the government to spare young students and abandon any plan to distribute condoms and other contraceptives in schools. If many Catholics are ignorant of their faith morals and the dangerous side effects of contraceptives, the need for sufficient education (information) in morality and reproductive health is urgent and important before any law about it can be morally acceptable. I hope and pray that President Aquino will be open to guidance on this very delicate matter. From a concerned citizen.”

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