According to Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, “the Church needs to intensify its information drive on the [Reproductive Health] bill”. This is his “solution” to bolster the Church’s primitivist position on reproductive health in the face of mounting evidence that the Philippine public (in a rare but spectacular demonstration of modern thinking) is giving their men-in-robes the middle finger if we are to believe the latest “survey” that “69 percent of Filipinos supported the RH measure” and that “80 percent of Filipinos were aware of [it]”.
The lack of the ability to reflect in an institution that is supposed to be an authority on reflection is quite ironic. Castro fails to consider how (1) his organisation exercises unmatched access to key fear factors that drive Filipinos’ behaviours, (2) applies a tentacle-like influence network that permeates every quaint tradition and ritual that pervades Filipino life, and (3) commands a war chest of treasures and political clout that makes and breaks kings.
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So if you will, please run what you just said by us again, “Father” Castro…
“the Church needs to intensify its information drive on the [Reproductive Health] bill”
Excuse us padre, but beyond the awesome resources, influence, and zealotry that the 2000-year-old Roman Catholic Church brings to bear in “educating” its “flock”, what in terms of additional intensity in this “drive” do you further propose?
I think the truth that can’t be handled by these ironic guardians of what we were made to believe is the “truth” is that we are in the midst of a quiet revolution. Indeed, Filipinos have, for some time now been casting a revolutionary vote against the primitivist dogma that has figured mightily in their impoverishment over the past 400 years. That the Goliathesque power applied by the Church to propagate its teachings for centuries had failed to arrest the onslaught of enlightened thinking creeping into and diluting its virulent dogma is a testament to the headway being made by this quiet revolution we are seeing.
Folks, think of the tithes you drop into the collection baskets of the Sunday services you religiously attend as a kind of a tax in return for the “spiritual” services you receive. Then think, please:
Is there anything spiritual about this “crusade” being waged by your “Church” against the Philippine Government’s efforts to implement a sensible Reproductive Health program in our society?
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.