RH bill a moral time bomb—bishop

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MANILA, Dec. 18, 2012?A ranking Church official called the reproductive health (RH) bill a “moral time bomb” that is gift-wrapped in time for Christmas.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a pastoral letter said the RH bill is a moral time bomb that will pave the way to more crimes if signed into law.

Congress yesterday has approved the bill voting 133-79 with seven abstentions, while Senate voted 13-8. Two of the senators failed to cast their vote.

However, Villegas said getting the majority vote of the lawmakers to pass the contentious measure does not mean they are right.

“It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of “Thou shall not kill” and “Thou shall not commit adultery” among our families, our youth and children,” the vice-president of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said.

“This law will open more doors to abortion and more crimes against women,” he reiterated.

The pastoral statement titled “Let us move on!” also assured of a more intensified moral and spiritual education of the youth and children in the archdiocese of Lingayen to strengthen their moral fiber.

Villegas also urged to use all means available to safeguard the health of expectant mothers in the communities.

He said the sacrament of marriage will be made available to poor couples “so that they may be guided in the right path in living out their duties as husbands and wives and as Catholic parents.”

“Let us disseminate through organized pre-wedding seminars the teachings of the Church on natural family planning at the same time warning our people about the hazardous effects of contraceptive pills on the health of women,” he added.

He also called on parents to conduct the sex education of their children so that sex would be understood as a “gift of God” as it “must never be taught separate from God and isolated from marriage.”

Hinting on the great chasm that the controversial measure has done on the country, the archbishop also pointed out to the faithful the need for soul searching, prayers and peacemaking.

“We might not see eye to eye but we can work hand in hand for the real progress that our people so richly deserve.”

But it should be “a progress with God, in God and through God,” he said.

Daang matuwid without God is a dead end street. Only with God can we see real progress of peoples,” he furthered. (CBCPNews)


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