Did Catholic school STC Cebu fail to teach Christian values to the bikini girls?

Everyone makes mistakes. Most of us learn from them, become better persons as a result, and then move on. As the saying goes, “Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment”. In fact, we’ll make more mistakes than we can ever remember and in between being born and dying, we will commit more than a few of them. For some people however, some mistakes can be too much fun to make only once. Some will pay a huge price for doing something silly or downright trivial. When this is the case, it is harder for those involved to move on especially when the party they have “offended” refuses to move on. Such is the case with four teenage girls from Cebu, Philippines who offended a Catholic school.

According to a news report, the “Catholic school that barred four of its high school students from attending graduation rites for posting their pictures wearing bikinis on Facebook has sued the students’ parents for alleged failure to properly supervise their children. In a case it filed at the city prosecutor’s office, St. Theresa’s College (STC) sued the parents for violating Republic Act No. 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, for alleged failure to supervise their children that resulted in the children’s engaging in vices and other immoral acts, like taking pictures of themselves wearing bikinis and posting these on Facebook.”

There is definitely something wrong with this picture. And that picture is not something you can easily upload on social networking sites. Didn’t Jesus Christ teach forgiveness and humility? Or is forgiveness and humility not included in St. Theresa’s College (STC) curriculum? It’s quite mind-boggling that something as trivial as such photos of the teenagers posted supposedly in the privacy of their own Facebook accounts is considered a condemnable act by the school authorities. They are teenagers, damn it! Their brains are not yet fully-formed. Most teenagers can be giddy, loud, crass and prone to doing dumb things. The school should have just given them a stern lecture and then told to move on.

The complainants tried to justify suing the parents of the teenagers by stating that “Lest we regress to a culture of juvenile delinquency and errant behavior, the parents and the school need to consciously and constantly take to heart their respective responsibilities”.

They have got to be kidding me. In suing the parents of the teenagers, the school representatives seem to be trying to wash the school’s hands off its own failure to instill the school’s Catholic values. The children’s school fees should be refunded immediately. Besides, suing the parents of these teenagers will not stop the already fast on-going degeneration of the country’s moral fiber. It is already too late. A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) official said the Philippines has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Here’s what they said:

The UNFPA 2011 annual report said there are 53 births per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 19 in the Philippines.

The PIA added over 11 percent of the 1.75 million live births in 2009 (the latest review year) were given by teenage mothers.

The numbers have risen steadily every year over the 10-year period from 1999 to 2009, the PIA added.

Also, it said data shows that in 2000, one-fifth of the country’s population belongs to the 15- to 24-year-old bracket–that means 16.5 million youngsters. By 2030 this number is projected to reach 30 million.

There is something to be said about the only predominantly Catholic country in the region bagging the distinction of having “one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in ASEAN”. The Catholic Church needs to snap out of their delusion. They have to realize that sex education should be part of school curricula because if the students do not get the information from within the safety of their overprotective walls, the teenagers’ natural tendency is to seek it elsewhere. And if the information they get is that “doing it” once will not get them pregnant, then the projection of the UNFPA 2011 annual report will come true. We will see more teenage pregnancies in the future.

Will the Catholic Church even reflect on why there are more and more Filipino teenagers getting pregnant? I doubt it. It will be a miraculous day that will see the Church seriously looking into the way they contribute significantly to Philippine society’s empty spirituality. There may be a lot of people knelt in prayer inside the churches but they could just be there for no other reason than to want to be seen being there.

Unfortunately, most leaders of the Catholic Church can’t see beyond blaming individual households. They can’t see the role of media in the dumbing down of our society. Noontime shows in the country even show scantily clad women gyrating to the chanting of the host. The dance moves by themselves could already be promoting the very promiscuity and “lewd” behavior that the Catholic schools are shrieking about. Likewise, telenovelas or drama shows that tend to stunt the development of the human brain and predispose it to mimic reel life in their real lives is so abundant in the television networks. You hardly see any member of the Catholic Church complaining about these things. They seem clueless about the real reason why more and more Filipino teenagers are turning to sex for comfort instead of the church.

By prolonging this drama, the representatives of the Catholic School could damage the teenagers’ reputation even further and damage their chances of being accepted to universities. They can also ruin the families’ finances and also wreak havoc on the emotional well-being of those involved, especially the impressionable minds of the girls. Just imagine being ostracized by society for simply wearing a bikini, considering that at that age women hardly think of the effect they have on those who put malice on such an attire.

This is such a bizarre case that most people would think only happens in ultra-conservative states. It’s not like the girls went to a strip club wearing their bikinis. They went on a swimming excursion that required wearing a swimming costume, for Christ’s sake!

Here’s something all parents can learn from this mess: It may be too much to expect that your kids to be taught real Christian values at Catholic Schools nowadays. Ironically, Catholic schools can even sue you if they think your kids do not behave according to their standards, which they may fail to instill and uphold themselves. Perhaps most Catholic schools today are more preoccupied with image than with substance.

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Teabag Deluxe
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“Perhaps most Catholic schools today are more preoccupied with image than with substance.”

I think we should change this to “preoccupied with image and profit – than with substance.”

thelongfallofprose
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What substance?

K3
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“The children’s school fees should be refunded immediately.”

Agreed. or maybe half. I think the girls’ grades should decide how much they should refund.

joel_delr
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“They can’t see the role of media in the dumbing down of our society. Noontime shows in the country even show scantily clad women gyrating to the chanting of the host. The dance moves by themselves could already be promoting the very promiscuity and “lewd” behavior that the Catholic schools are shrieking about. Likewise, telenovelas or drama shows that tend to stunt the development of the human brain and predispose it to mimic reel life in their real lives is so abundant in the television networks.” What the media releases to the public must be controlled. This is not about… Read more »
K3
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Whatever happened to Sineskwela, Mathinik, Bayani, and Hiraya Manawari?

I believe media wasn’t suppressed when these came out, they were just a little bit more responsible and child friendly than they are now.

And yes, shows with violence such as Voltes V and Bioman were available to kids, however, they were completely dubbed in English, which at least aided kids in one subject for school

ahehe
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Who needs useless science shows when KrisTV brings more money?

Comes with bonus “family/moral lessons” from Kris.

Bill Steffen
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You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink!!! Organized religion is the cause of most of the worlds ills !!!

Legati
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CBCP are perverts and corrupt, talagang madumi ang pagiisip for centuries.

Robert Haighton
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“They have to realize that sex education should be part of school curricula because if the students do not get the information from within the safety of their overprotective walls, the teenagers’ natural tendency is to seek it elsewhere. And if the information they get is that “doing it” once will not get them pregnant, then the projection of the UNFPA 2011 annual report will come true. We will see more teenage pregnancies in the future.” Now, it always was my personal conviction that parents are responsible for the sex-education for their own kids. Its the parents’ task and duty… Read more »
Combuzz
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“What is left, is what can be freely found on the internet regarding sex-education by the teenagers themselves.”

They’ll find sex ed in the internet alright, tons of it…

I really wouldn’t want students learning sex ed on the internet, the first thing they’ll stumble upon would be porno and it may be safer if they don’t attempt what they see on the internet regarding sex. Maybe why it should be taught in class instead of self study.

Robert Haighton
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Well I actually meant sites like Wikipedia and sites that give real and true information. From porn one doesnt learn anything.

Hyden Toro
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I don’t know , if I would laugh or cry for the stupidity of the Roman Catholic Church…you could be sued for your daughter wearing swimsuit on the beach.It’s just nonsense..

Clueless
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Yes, I am quite surprised to read about the whole issue. I could had swear I was reading about news in the USA! Looks like the Philippines is looking more and more like an “Asian” version of the USA when it comes to absurdity with regards to lawsuits.

Der Fuhrer
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Hypocrisy and fanaticism are still present in many religions. We must remember the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. They used the sword and the cross to convert Filipinos to the Catholic faith. Many friars and nuns believed in a “strict morality code.” This was a form of control and manipulation on the native inhabitants. The late, great Dr. Jose Rizal pointed out the abuses of the friars. This still exists in the present time frame. We have priests, nuns and higher ups of the church abusing their rights. Controlling people again. Judging young women in swim wear as not within… Read more »
Steel Night
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Oh I remember this thing. My high school years were spent in a school that appeared in the newspapers as a hotspot for drugs, gambling, and leakages. Now those are things that an upstanding moralistic and all that crap Catholic School should go nuts over, not girls in bikinis. My 10 year old sister has a few shots of herself on her FB account in a bikini. I’ve got loads of cousins who are underage that have got such pictures on their FB pages, and they’re mostly from those Catholic Schools that serve as the training grounds of a majority… Read more »
Jane Doe
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I think they are more concerned about giving their school a bad name. I’m not trying to generalize (okay maybe I am) but Filipino teachers tend to tell students about “giving our school a bad name.” That’s probably why the teenage girls got sued in the first place. I don’t know why they would go way too far with this. It’s like make one mistake, then you’re being punished immensely. I wrote a review about my school and the teacher found it and he punished the ENTIRE CLASS just because of my mistake. The owner of the school is Filipino… Read more »
Jane Doe
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I mean to say they are more concerned about the image of their school. Hence, they believed that the girls gave their school a bad name.

Renz
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The Catholic religion is a big FAILURE. I am a Catholic but daig pa tayo ng ibang Christian religion when it comes to the verses of the Bible. In the first place, this kind of religion was brought to us by the Spaniards in order to colonize our country and abuse our people, how could it be for God? It’s all for money, history repeats itself ika nga.