Spotted at the ritzy Catholic church where mom is a loyal subject:
I really can’t understand the machinations of the Catholic Church when it comes to issues about reproductive health and population control. Based on latest NSO records, there are about 94.1M Filipinos in 2010 — and steadily growing by the minute! For as long as I can remember: the government has been steadily pushing for reforms in our population control laws and widespread info dissemination on family planning. “Trying” being the operative word, since not one of these efforts and suggested family planning methods have ever been successful. For one, majority of the politicians in this country have their balls tightly gripped by the omni-present Catholic Church. During the election last year, no one dared touch the population problem, fearing that the mere words like “condom”, “safe sex” and “family planning” will reduce their chances of winning and worse, send their souls on a one-way ticket to hell.
Lest I be turned into a pillar a salt, it is the truth. I wonder if these so-called proponents of Anti-RH Bill have ever been inside one of Manila’s slums. One thing that you will usually see in any of Manila’s slums are the half-naked kids, some even as young as two years old, running, their nose filled with snot, dirty, smelly and at times, hungry littering the streets and even asking for spare change. Meanwhile, you will see their mom, usually as young as 25 years old but had the miserable demeanor of a 47 year old. What is heartbreaking sometimes is that this woman usually had no job, or so does her husband — and at times pregnant with their nth child. They know nothing about family planning, or use of condoms or reproductive health, first because there are no resources available for them and second, because being strict Catholics, they don’t want to risk eternal damnation by using family planning methods.
Don’t get me wrong, I am born a Catholic–but I am smart enough to realize that there are teachings in the Holy Book that should NOT be read literally. And the brilliant thing with the local church is that when things don’t go their way, they threaten people with eternal damnation. Last time I checked, we are no longer with 17th Century Philippines and Padre Damaso is no longer the head of the Catholic Church.
What I find sad is the reality that the Philippines is not capable of supporting a big population. We don’t have the means and the money to send all these kids to school and to give them a good education. Majority of leaders in this country are morons masquerading as politicians and know shit about proper legislation that will arrest the growing poverty in the country. Meanwhile, a brilliant plan like the RH Bill comes up and people are threatened by the church NOT to support it cos “it’s against the teachings of the Church”. Unless the Church has concrete measures to arrest the growing population (aside from teaching people to CONTROL their urges, hey people…don’t you know how hard it is to do that?) I think they should just support the proponents of the bill. And as long as the bill doesn’t allow abortion (which is BAR NONE–a BIG SIN) then I don’t think we are harming the life of an urborn child in any way possible).
Well. I do hope my mom won’t get to read this post, I mean: she will definitely ask me to repent my sin or God forbid–ask her church care group to pray for my soul.