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pope benedict gives the RH Bill the momentum to pass congress

pope benedict’s views saying condoms can be used on certain cases, like male prostitutes to prevent the spread of diseases has given the pending RH Bill in congress some good traction to pass in congress. it effectively weakens the church opposition against the RH Bill.

the RH Bill is due for debate next week, after many years of being mothballed in congress.

House to start RH debate
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:39:00 11/21/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives will start the much anticipated debate over the proposed Reproductive Health (RH) measure next week.

All of the six related bills on reproductive health

and family planning have been scheduled for public hearings by the House Committee on Population and Family Relations Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

pope benedict effectively gave the supporters of the RH Bill a loophole for their cause – condoms may be used after all. while the pope was just referring to male prostitutes, we do not see what can prevent straight male and female couples from using condoms to also prevent the spread of disease. the catholic church’s previous position was zero use of any form of modern method of contraception.

it does not make sense to us that straight heterosexual couples should be prevented from using condoms to save themselves from disease. sexual diseases after all does not discriminate – it can affect male prostitutes and their partners as well as straight heterosexual partners.

we think the proponents of the RH Bill should send pope benedict some kind of temporary ID as an honorary member of the philippine congress.

  1. November 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Pope’s surprise condom remarks fuel debate

    Pope Benedict’s statement on the use of condoms appears to be a relaxation of a hitherto uncompromising Vatican ban on the use of artificial contraception.

    A crack has opened in the Church’s ban on contraception because of the Aids epidemic, particularly in Africa.

    Catholic moral theologians have been discussing for years the theory of what the Pope has now openly expressed in terms of accepting the lesser of two evils.

    This means accepting the fact that condom use by prostitutes does lessen the risk of infection for both men and women.

    There is some confusion about whether the Pope was referring to female or male prostitutes in his remarks – the word he used in the Italian version is ambiguous, but in English he talks about male prostitutes.
    Unexpected

    News of Pope Benedict’s headline-grabbing remarks, first published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, on the acceptability of condom use in certain cases dropped at a completely unexpected moment at the Vatican on Saturday evening.

    The Pope’s remarks caught everyone by surprise.

    Several thousand people were milling around reception rooms inside and outside the apostolic palace greeting 24 new cardinals to whom Pope Benedict had given their red hats earlier in the day.

    It is an ancient tradition that the Pope throws open part of his palace inside the Vatican for two hours during the afternoon following a consistory to enable relatives and friends of the new princes of the Roman Catholic Church to exchange a few words with them as they stand proudly in their brand new red robes of office.
    Continue reading the main story

    The news was so unexpected that seasoned Vatican observers are asking themselves whether there has not been yet another gaffe by Pope Benedict’s public relations advisers.

    The words of the Pope were published in the form of selected extracts without any special fanfare in an expanded weekend edition of the Vatican newspaper.

    Almost the entire newspaper was devoted to the consistory and to the gathering of old and new cardinals of the Church from around the world who had been summoned to Rome for a closed door meeting the previous day.

    The brief papal reference to condoms was down column on the back page of the newspaper.

    Accident or design?

    The cardinals are still here in Rome. Many of them are reading the extensive Italian newspaper coverage of the Pope’s remarks with some surprise.

    It had been agreed with the publishers of the new book of intimate thoughts of Pope Benedict entitled The Light of the World: the Pope, The Church and Signs of The Times by the German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald, that the text would be released only at a book launch scheduled to be held at the Vatican Press Office on Tuesday.

    Was the breaking of the embargo of the text on the very day when the headquarters of the Catholic Church was in festive mood in the middle of celebrating the consistory a deliberate act, or was it a mistake on the part of Vatican?

    Andrea Torielli, a well-informed Italian blogger on the Vatican has no doubt that it was the latter.

    “Yesterday,” he writes, “was not an ordinary day at the Vatican. It was the day on which Benedict XVI celebrated his third consistory. He gave a beautiful, extraordinary homily, drawing attention once more to the fact that the ministry of the Church is one of service, not of power, and that authority is given in order that cardinals may serve, not as a prize, or to enable them to satisfy their ambitions… The Osservatore Romano is not a tabloid, nor a newspaper that seeks scoops. In my opinion someone on the other side of the Tiber has made a big error.”

    Among other interesting topics that Pope Benedict touches on in the extracts of his long interview with Peter Seewald, are papal infallibility – he says he cannot continue to produce “infallible statements”; his attitude towards resignation – he would resign if he felt he lacked the physical and psychological strength to continue in office; and his “enormous shock” at the extent of the paedophile priest crisis which has shaken the Church in recent years.

    He also makes potentially controversial remarks about the right of Islamic women to wear the burka – “if they want to, I don’t see why they should be prevented from doing so”.

    But it is the Pope’s completely unprecedented remarks on condoms and prostitutes that have set tongues wagging not only inside the Vatican, but all over the world.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11806040

  2. antenna1
    November 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Tensions in Catholic Philippines over pope’s condom comments
    By Mynardo Macaraig
    Agence France-Presse First Posted 17:26:00 11/22/2010

    MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Church’s easing of a condom ban sparked fierce debate in the Philippines on Monday, with family-planning advocates saying it would help to finally pass a law promoting contraceptives.

    Pope Benedict XVI’s comments that using condoms could be justified to stop the spread of AIDS dominated the front pages of newspapers in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, which also has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations.
    President Benigno Aquino and other contraceptive advocates said the pope’s remarks would help overcome church resistance to a bill that would compel the government to supply the poor with condoms.

    “Our clergy cannot be more popish than the pope,” Aquino’s spokesman, Ricky Carandang, told reporters when asked whether Benedict’s comments would bolster momentum for the passing of the reproductive health bill.

    Congresswoman Janette Garin, one of the authors of the bill, said the pope’s remarks – easing the Vatican’s blanket ban of any prophylaxis other than abstinence – gave out mixed messages on the church’s position.
    “It makes passage of the bill a lot easier because people would see the confusing stand of the church,” Garin told AFP.

    “The educated and those who are confused about the bill will realize we (family-planning advocates) are concerned about the community while they (the bishops) are simply holding on to a Stone Age belief.”

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20101122-304689/Tensions-in-Catholic-Philippines-over-popes-condom-comments

  3. cecilla
    November 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    this is just the start on thedebate among catholics on the impact of what the pope said and its implications. we can be seeing real change sometime in the future.

  4. THINKSMART
    November 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

    why not push the RH Bill if that would help Philippines to be a better country, for years we remain silent over the catholic’s capricios and hence it just made our country becoming one of the very populated country that cause us to be at the least in asia over our neighboring countries, Politicians should have the guts and hear peoples demand and not priest… Priest should mind their business with in there church, there are so many issues w/in them that they should resolve, like a priest commiting sex worst they are abusing minors. now Philippines Government should prove to us ”the people” THAT THERE REALLY IS A SEPARATION WITH THE STATE AND RELIGION

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