Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Church And A Close Mindset

Will the church keep its word that it will not give the sacrament of Holy Communion to the Davao City councilors who voted YES to the Local Development Plan for Children during last Tuesday's sessions? For sure, no councilor would be brave enough to prove the church's claim by attending mass.

But come to think of it, is the church's proclamation rational? Is it based on clear thinking or were they just misled? During the 3rd reading of the resolution, councilor Angela Librado said she could not find any of the allegations hurled by the church against the LDPC. Archbishop Capalla was invited during the committee hearings but unfortunately, he failed to attend. Was that because the matter was insignificant to the archbishop? Or could it perhaps signify the closed mindedness of the church represented by the archbishop?

Davao City may be considered as one of the most livable cities in Asia but poverty and child problems are mounting. Look around and even in your neighborhood you can see lots of children who have been left behind to fend for themselves. Parents are lining up to get cheap, if not free rice to feed their growing family. And yet the church says population growth is not the problem but the distribution of resources.

I agree. But shouldn't we look at this on all fronts? And solve this on all fronts?

After the session I was able to interview a doctor who is against the LDPC. She said "they do not know the issue; is population a problem? Hindi naman ah!" Data however shows that the Philippines is already Top 12 in the

Librado claims this is not all about promoting pre-marital sex or promiscuity or abortion. The church however refuses to believe that. But what is wrong with teaching people to plan their families the best way they can? Using contraceptives does not make women whores or irresponsible. Natural family planning or whatever, it is their choice. The use of contraceptives is a choice that should be left to the couple, not the church; not the government because neither will feed hungry mouths that will start to line up once the couple start to go and multiply...

Will, I too be prohibited from taking the Sacraments because of this?

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