Visayas Church leaders decry moves to push divorce bill

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Palo, Leyte, Metropolitan Cathedral. Catholic Church officials in the Visayas said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, the move to push for the approval of the divorce bill was not surprising as it has been part of the culture of DEATH (referring to moves to legalize divorce, euthanasia, abortion, “total population control” and “homosexual union”) worming its way into the life of Filipinos. PHOTO FROM CBCPNEWS.COM

MANILA, Philippines—Catholic Church officials in the Visayas said the move to push for the approval of the divorce bill was not surprising as it has been part of the culture of DEATH (referring to moves to legalize divorce, euthanasia, abortion, “total population control” and “homosexual union”) worming its way into the life of Filipinos.

“As expected, after the reproductive health (RH) bill, another bill that is against the family and life will be pushed through (by Congress),” said Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesman of the archdiocese of Palo in Leyte.

“This is part of the plan of the people who want to destroy the family and life. This is part of the culture of Death, which these people want in our society,” Alvero added.

For his part, Msgr. Meliton Oso, director of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center, decried the move to push for the approval of the divorce bill.

“What is happening? It would seem that some legislators are throwing the concept of God out of the window,” Oso told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview.

Oso said it would be the “duty” of every Christian to oppose measures that undermine Church values.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra called on the Catholic faithful to continue to pray and to offer acts of penance so that “the people would be preserved from the malignant effects of the culture of DEATH.”

Fr. Garnett Quirong, acting parish priest of Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Maasin City, admitted that the passage of the divorce bill soon after the approval into law of the reproductive health bill would be a double whammy for the Catholic Church.

“What would happen to the children, to the family? We are in communion and the government would break that union,” Quirong told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Msgr. Victorino Rivas, rector of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Bacolod City, called the efforts to promote the divorce bill as “a crazy move.”

“We will fight again, win or lose. In an evil generation, only the good will triumph. They are confident they have the numbers but overconfidence kills,” Rivas said.

Sister Pilar Go, Tagbilaran diocese coordinator of family and life, said that the move to pass a divorce bill was caused by the desire to copy the practices of the Western world.

“Why do we always follow the Western world, even if it destroys life?” Go said. She added that Filipinos should follow their faith, not in the eyes of men, but of God.

Fr Ruel Lero from the Society of the Divine Word in Tagbilaran City maintained that the stand of the Catholic Church in opposing divorce would always remain.

However, Lero said, non-Catholic Filipinos were free to avail of divorce.

But the Gabriela women’s party-list group said legalizing divorce had been “long overdue.”

Lucy Francisco, the group’s third nominee, said divorce would provide a “much-needed option” for couples, especially women, “to end an abusive relationship or one that has lost mutual love, respect and dignity.”—Reports from Joey Gabieta, Jani Arnaiz, Carla Gomez, Nestor Burgos and Veda Bongalos, Inquirer Visayas

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    culture of DEATH…. Wow! meron po palang ganito, ngayon ko lang nalaman.  Akala ko sa pelikula kolang pwede itong marinig. Siguro gawain ito ng simbahang romano-catoliko nuong panahon ng conquest ng romano-katoliko sa lugar ng Europa at central Amerika?

  • brunogiordano

    Oso said it would be the “duty” of every Christian to oppose measures that undermine Church values.

    Hindi ang values na pinasusunod ng VATICAN na OBSOLETE, PASSÉ, at 200 years behind. Sangayon kay CARDINAL MARTINI.

    Panahon na dapat sundin ang mungkahi ni CARDINAL MARTINI ng VATICAN, dahil ito na ang sinusunod ng nakakaraming Progressive/Liberal Catholics ngayon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Why just this days they are saying this? Other progressive nations have DIVORCE, RH BILL, GUNS, MARIJUANA, ABORTION……i did not see any CULTURE OF DEATH.

    I got the news of wars, mass killings, oppression, sectarian violence, child soldier, poison gas ….. but I did not heard such word Culture of Death….they are again implanting a words of threats from mythical story or they already their leaders before? What i get news that Roman-Catholic is connect to Hitler during killing of Jews…. possible its true because in Italy I don’t got news has more population of Jews & synagoque…. better Iran I heard some percentage of Jews.

  • TwiggyRamirez

    “What would happen to the children, to the family? We are in communion and the government would break that union,” Quirong told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

    …seriously, meron bang perpektong relasyon sa mundo? kung ang mga pari at obispong may sagradong panunungkulan sa ngalan ng Diyos ay nagagawang makapag molestiya ng mga inosenteng bata at pumanig sa mga kurap ng opisyales ng gobyerno, ano pa ba ine-expect nila sa mag-asawang nawalan na ng pagmamahal at tiwala sa isa’t isa at nais nang putulin ang kanilang relasyon sa paraan ng deborsyo upang makapag simula ulit ng bagong buhay? magsama pa din sila kahit mala-impyerno na ang buhay nila?

  • Ommm

    ” However, Lero said, non-Catholic Filipinos were free to avail of divorce”

    So divorce is permissible  for non catholics because they are heathens??

    The law allows for freedom of religion yet the church seeks to prejudice their own following by clearly stating their laws supersede any government bill that should legalize divorce.

    This reminds me of my cataclysm during the 50’s…

    Question: Can non catholics attain a place in heaven?

    Answer: Unfortunately  they cannot. Only members of the true faith may sit beside God…..

    Perhaps the learned Lero should advocate a separate state altogether these non catholic heathens should reside in…and allow abortion, divorce and gay marriage to flourish. We can call it “Philmorrah”… (sarcasm)

  • Tony B

    What does this clown know about families? He’s never been married, never had children, never had to worry about sending his kids to school or feeding his family. What an idiot. Stay out of people’s lives.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    What God has joined together no one can put asunder. Not all marriages however are joined by God through the church. Couples married by judges and non-catholic priests were not joined by God but by man. Hence, these can be put asunder or they can avail of divorce. Their rights should not be denied them, if they choose. 

  • gudwil2all

    sinama ni moses ang divorce sa mga statutes kasi hiningi ng mga tao ito
    kung makakasama sa tao ito, matagal ng binura ng Diyos ang mga hudyo

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “What is happening? It would seem that some legislators are throwing the concept of God out of the window,” Msgr. Oso told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

    Not yet, Msgr. Oso. Not yet. It’s the concept of priests we have to start with.  Go, buy a parachute before it’s too late.  Or, find another job. A decent and honest one.  One which pays people for doing good, not for merely feeling good.

  • ashleybulls

    “Cardinal Carlo Martini says Church ‘200 years behind” – Unless the Church adopted a more generous attitude towards divorced persons, it will lose the allegiance of future generations, the cardinal added. The question, he said, is not whether divorced couples can receive holy communion, but how the Church can help complex family situations.

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “Oso said it would be the “duty” of every Christian to oppose measures that undermine Church values.”

    Annulment is already legal in the Philippines and is used to separate a man and woman who had joined hand-in-hand through marriage during their wedding day.

    Divorce provides the same purpose.

    Thus, the option to Divorce shall also be approved and passed as law in the Philippines just as the option to Divorce had also existed as law during the time of Moses:

    Deuteronomy 24:1 –

    When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it comes to pass that
    she finds no favor in his eyes, because he has found some uncleanness in
    her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and put it in her
    hand, and send her out of his house.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2H5RVTJKPRWAHUTYZ4QOGS5GNE Complainant

     Nothing to fear if your think your teachings really permeate the souls of your followers and they translate your homily into righteous actions… regardless of any bill or law implemented they will follow your advise. You sometimes have to trust your flock once in a while to do the right thing. If they don’t follow then excommunicate them. easy right? :D

  • JosephIvo

    The church prefers annulment = divorce x  lying. Two negatives make a positive, but only for those who have the money.  Where is Luther to fight this improper source of income?

  • blainz

    Let’s be reminded that Filipino Muslims already have divorce, while everyone else has to settle for very expensive annulments (a source of income for you know what).

    There’s really no argument against divorce when we only need to rectify equality before the law.

    If the priests want to deny the right to divorce from all Filipinos they better start debating Muslims on the matter. Let’s see how that pans out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    The devil is really working successfully with our president and the rest of our political leaders, the culture of DEATH is really the devil’s plan. 

    • PurpleDaisy13

      Socorro, you are taught to believe that your god created everything and has every power to see and control the future.

      Thus, your god created and permitted the existence of evil, the devil, and the devil’s plan. 

      So you have nothing to worry about…it’s all in your gods good hands to do as he pleases despite your confusion.

  • Diepor

    Church officials is part of a culture of stupidity. Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense.

  • simondj

    Do you know why actor/ actress marry many times? It is generally accepted fact that actors/actresses usually encounter sex outside of marriage many times. This encounter with someone else will leave a mark on his/her memory which can never be erased in the entire duration of his life. If he accumulate a hundred or two hundred encounters, that encounters will definitely affects his decision making later on. So mentally, he is disturbed. Now let us examine his emotion, in sex encounter you are actually giving yourself to someone else, if you give yourself a hundred times to different partner you are emptying yourself, or you are making yourself of no reputation  or  you are cutting yourself into pieces. You can no longer meet the enjoyment/satisfaction God has given you because your emotion is shattered. God gave us this gift of feeling of satisfaction for husband and wife only, if an intruder interfere, the feeling will be lost. And if the feeling is lost, naturally one will try to find it again and again.

    • Diepor

      Why do you people need to bring god into everything? If you want to belive in fiction do it on your own time.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    YAN NA NAMAN ANG SIMBAHAN KATOLIBAN CULTURE OF DEATH PANANAKOT!! MAHILIG MANAKOT ANG MGA DAMASO NA ITO DI SILA NATAKOT SA MGA BATANG HUBO!! PARANG SI SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE MANLILINLANG!!

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