philippine catholic church’s arguments against modern methods of contraception
i had collapsed the title of this thread to the core of the philippine catholic church’s stand against RH Bil 5043 – the church’s objection to the use of modern methods of contraception like the pill, condoms and IUD. the church advocates the only for the use of natural methods like the calendar method.
i have read and heard of how they have argued against the RH Bill and it is shocking, specially coming from the the catholic church and catholic groups who are supposed to uphold truth and honesty.
most of the arguments they have used against the RH Bill can be characterized by these: blatant lies, hokey economic theories, undocumented and non-sensical scare tactics about mayhem and hell that will occur in the future, distorted facts and figures and just plain stupidity.
we will be enumerating them in this blog over time.
one glaring fact — the catholic church and catholic groups are not arguing against the RH Bill on the basis of church dogma or doctrine. the basis for the church’s stand against birth control is based on an encyclical that was released in 1968 by pope paul VI called “Humanae Vitae”.
Humanae Vitae or HV is one of the most controversial encyclicals released by the catholic church during the modern times. it got widespread and immediate dissent from almost everyone – vatican and church experts and scholars, bishops and specially catholics themselves almost on day 1 it was released to the press and the world. it has divided the church then and continue to divide it now.
the philippine catholic church, however, is not using HV as an argument against HV. the reason probably is becuase they know HV is not an infallible document. but what they do is they use the ideas and teachings from HV on the basis of it being “prophetic”, HV’s ability to predict what will happen in the world.
a commission was put up by the pope before paul VI to look into the matter of modern methods of contraception. the pill was just introduced in the early 1960’s and that pope wanted the church to have a stand on the pill. HV contained thoughts and ideas that said what will happen if contraception like the pill will be used widely. in that sense, HV is being used now, 40 years after it was released on it being prophetic.
here is one sample on how catholic groups are arguing against the RH Bill from the Couples For Christ:
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we will update this post to publish more on how the catholic church and catholic groups have argued against the RH Bill.