Priests and bishops should get realBy Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Reproductive Health bill may not see approval soon because of the strong Catholic Church lobby against it.
Why don’t we have all the unwanted children born because of the Church’s opposition to the RH bill queue up in front of all Catholic churches all over the country?
And why don’t men and women stricken with HIV that leads to acute immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) demonstrate in front of Catholic churches for lobbying against condoms?
Let the Catholic Church feed all the unwanted children and pay for the medicines of persons with HIV.
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Priests and bishops should get real.
I suggest they visit the Fabella Medical Center in Manila where thousands of babies are delivered every day.
At Fabella, a bed is occupied by two women who have just given birth.
And if you ask doctors and nurses at the hospital who their usual patients are, they’ll tell you they are women who live in the slums of Tondo and other places in Metro Manila.
They have nothing to eat, yet they still give birth.
How can they feed their children?
That’s the reason Metro Manila is bursting at the seams with street children and child prostitutes.
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Our bishops and priests are more popish than the Pope.
They use the name of God to fight population control and the bill on divorce, saying they are the representatives of God on earth.
We are now the only country in the world that does not allow divorce, thanks but no thanks to the local Catholic Church.
More and more Filipinos contract HIV because they engage in unprotected sex because the Church forbids them to use condoms.
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The Filipino Catholic faithful is an enigma.
While he or she goes with the Church’s stand against population control, the Catholic faithful does not follow his priest or bishop’s order when it comes to politics.
There is no such thing as a Catholic vote.
People seeking political office who are criticized by the Church usually get elected.
An example is former Health Secretary Juan Flavier who became senator despite a campaign launched by the Church against his election.
Flavier earned the ire of the local Catholic Church for advocating family planning.
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If only Filipinos also follow their conscience on birth control like they do in choosing their candidates, our population growth will dramatically decrease.
If Filipinos can’t control their libido, at least they should use birth control methods to avoid having unwanted babies.
More children means more mouths to feed.
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Boracay island, the country’s No. 1 tourist destination, is supposed to crime-free because it’s our show window to the world.
But its 100 special policemen, called “tourist police,” are not doing their job.
Tourists lose their belongings while swimming on the beach or even taking photos.
The useless cops, who are college graduates, just sit on their butts and ogle at tourists in skimpy bikinis.
My friend, Rick Ramos, saw cops busily sending text messages on their cellular phones when they should be patrolling the four-kilometerlong beach and the main road at the back of the long beach.
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Policemen on duty should be barred from using their cellular phones for personal calls.
I’ve noticed cops standing (or sitting) on street corners manipulating their cell phones when they should be watching passers-by.
Using a cellular phone for personal calls or texting is a sign of lack of discipline.
Oh, well, what can you expect from members of one of the most undisciplined police forces in the world?
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