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bishops withdraw and stop dialogue with malacanang on RH Bill

we don’t even know why the bishops or malacanang started this dialogue in the first place, but the bishops apparently has decided to no longer attend the discusssions being held in malacanang on the RH Bill.

we are saying they should have not engaged in thei dialogue at all as their positions are irreconcilable and  unmovable. the bishops will not move even a centimeter from church dogma, that is the meaning of church dogma – it cdannot be briken, canot be questioned, can only be followed unless changed. the doigma states the church is against modern methods of contraception, period. the bill and the government looks at modern methods of contraception as acceptable. there is no way will the church change it’s mind on that.

Same agenda

In a press conference Tuesday, Figura announced that the bishops no longer saw any reason to continue a “serious study and dialogue” with the administration on the reproductive health bill.

Reading a statement from the bishops, Figura said HB 4244 and Mr. Aquino’s responsible parenthood agenda were “deemed to be basically the same.”

In the last meeting with Malacañang in March, the CBCP agreed to form a team that would take part in a focus group discussion to study and discuss the RH bill, which the Palace calls the responsible parenthood bill.

Cavite Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, chair of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Doctrine of Faith, Parañaque Bishop Jessie Mercado, chair of the Episcopal Commission on Laity and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes were designated to the CBCP team.

But the three bishops no longer attended the scheduled meeting Tuesday with Malacañang. Figura and Imbong went to the Palace but only to deliver the bishops’ message ending the dialogue..

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110511-335810/Palace-junks-own-RH-bill

understanding  what the bishops are saying here, they are saying they are withdrawing for the discussions as malacanang has not changed it’s position. that says the bishops are blaming malacanang for remaining firm, exatly the way the bishops are. whatr is unsaid here is that the bishops joined the dialogue with the sole purpose of convincing malacanang to change it’s mind, not to seek clarification and find a compromise.   malacanang on the other hand was willing to draft it’s own RH Bill as a result of the dialogue with the church.

it was a dialogue destined to fail as each one side had a pre=concieved position that cannot be changed unless the bible itself has been rewritten.

  1. reina alegria
    May 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    it looks like there is no problem with the way the Holy Bible was written… it just so happens that people interpret the Bible the way they want it.. and the Catholic Church is not an exemption… tao din lang naman kasi sila… kaya lang, in their desire to live up to what the people expect them to be… “holy” they have forgotten the “human” side of the issues (e.g.RH Bill), that they find themselves in. the issue of RH is a concern of all, but let us remind our so called “defender of faith” that this is more a concern of lay individuals and married couples. ano po bang RH issue ninyo? if you cannot get people to agree with you on this issue..then please respect their views. don’t resort to dirty tactics such as spreading lies by calling the RH Bill as favoring abortion or intimidating the President and calling RH supporters names. Let us pray that the Lord will keep us open to other people’s ideas, wrong or right… they may be.

  2. May 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    The Catholic Tradition on the Morality of Contraception by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J

    “…a Catholic should know the history of the Church’s doctrine on contraception.”

    “In Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul appeals to the “landmarks in the human Christian vision of marriage,” and to the “teaching of the Church on the regulation of birth,” for declaring that artificial contraception is forbidden by divine law.”

    “…these landmarks and the unbroken teaching of the Church is more than ever necessary today, when the papal pronouncement is called into question.”

    “…centuries-old teaching is irrelevant to those who are not Catholic and for whom there is no guarantee of certitude in the moral order.”

    “… a sound criterion of certitude is the unbroken tradition of the teaching Church.”

    “Among the criticisms of the pope, the most facile is to charge him with being behind the times. Contraception is supposed to be a new phenomenon and therefore calls for a new morality.”


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