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catholic church’s double standard – use conscience on election but do not use conscience on RH Bill 5043

apparently, the catholic church is asking its faithful to use their conscience on some things but find it okay that its faithful do not use their conscience on others.  

Solon hits Church double standard

 By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:12:00 01/26/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Church in the Philippines is practicing a double standard when it tells the people to choose the country’s next leaders by following their conscience, but at the same time it tells them not to vote for those candidates that support the reproductive health (RH) bill, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said.

“On the one hand, [the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines] has said vote according to your conscience. On the other, it says it’s not moral to vote for people who support the reproductive health bill. There is a double standard here,” Bello said in a press conference.

He said the Church should not blackmail the candidates who support the RH bill by trying to influence their voters based on this issue, which has proven to be very contentious.

He called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to tackle the measure despite the Church’s opposition and its branding of the bill as morally reprehensible.

“What is morally reprehensible is to keep the reproductive rights of Filipinas at the mercy of the Church’s political opinion,” he said in a separate statement.

“Does it sit well with our conscience that families are condemned to poverty owing to the lack of means for effective family planning? Or that there are rising numbers of people infected with sexually transmitted diseases due to the lack of decent information?” Bello said.

Bello also lamented that the remaining session days of the House had been devoted to a measure that was going nowhere, specifically the bill to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

He said the BNPP bill, which has also met stiff opposition on the floor, has no future since it does not even have a counterpart measure in the Senate.

The House therefore should discuss the reproductive health bill which has been tackled in three congresses already, he said.

Fine secular line

“As the Congress, we must assert our independence from the Church’s opinions and maintain the fine secular line between the functions of Church and state,” he added.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the main proponents of the RH bill, had earlier said that he would block the pet measures of other legislators, such as those calling for a constitutional convention and for imposing new taxes, if the reproductive health bill was not taken up in the House.

The reproductive health bill seeks to promote both natural and artificial birth control methods through government programs.

The Catholic Church hierarchy in the country is strongly opposed to the measure, saying that it promotes the use of abortifacients. It recommends the use of rhythm and other natural methods of birth control for couples who want to limit the size of their families.


  1. redenson
    January 27, 2010 at 4:00 am

    that’s your opinion that vote for bro eddie is just waisting your vote kasi wala kang vision for the good future of the Philippines.God is alive, wether Bro Eddie lose or win, at least di ako naging traidor sa magandang plano ng Dios sa bayan natin. Pag-isipan mo kabayan: Matagal na sa pwesto sina Villar, ang mga Aquino, Estrada, Cojuangco, at gordon pero may maganda bang nangyari sa pilipinas? wala….. lalong palubog ang pilipinas… Pasalamat tayo dahil kung hindi sa perang pinadadala nming mga OFW, matagal ng lugapi sa putikan ang pilipinas. kami may pagkakataong umasenso kahit pa manalo ang mga napili mo dahil malaki ang kinikita namin dito sa abroad, ikaw? baka isa ka rin sa pipila sa mahabang pila para lang mag-apply sa abroad…. I am for the righteous government, I AM FOR BRO EDDIE VILLANUEVA…

    • bon
      February 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

      if you vote that leader villanueva d kaya magkaroon tayo ng mga leader na bakla in the future..?
      hindi dapat e recognize ang mga bakla dahil wala silang basihan sa phil consti…

      • Twin-Skies
        February 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

        A gay for a president.

        And what’s wrong with that?

  2. nationchanger
    January 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    “Vote according to your conscience..” Go for Bro… I am for Bro. Eddie Villanueva..

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  4. Wilberg
    May 31, 2010 at 5:08 am

    You are wrong! To say to your children that they “should” not be involved with prostitutes or in prostitution does not mean you are not respecting their conscience; or else, it would be wrong to teach your children what you believe is right. Your way of thinking, like many so-called Catholics, is anti-Church. You are looking through a tainted glass when it comes to the Church’s declarations or some clergies’ opinion. All you are looking for is what would be wrong. Saying, “it’s not moral to vote for people who support the reproductive health bill,” is not dictatorial but didactic. Following one’s conscience is not equal to deciding without guidance. The Church is the teacher on morality for Christians, and it is very mindless to say that it does not respect conscience when it teaches what should be deemed good or evil. It is as if you are saying that if a teacher told her students to study on their own, she should be respectful enough not to say that the last letter on the English alphabet is Z. Those people who are hostile to the Church are always bound to miss the point when it comes to morality and even logic.

    Bello was also wrong when he says that the Church blackmails some candidates. The Church, as a mother, rightfully warns her children (the candidates) that if they want the people’s support, they should do what is right; and it is her moral responsibility to warn the rest of her children (the voters) to choose who is in the right and avoid those who publicly promote principles that are deemed immoral. Actually, Bello was wrong in all of his arguments and that should not be a surprise because he is looking in a different direction, and as I said through a tainted glass.

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