This is how you should oppose us, CBCP: With reason and dignity.

It is entirely possible to be against the RH Bill and not be a moron or an arsehole. I still side with the more practical priests who support the RHB, but I can definitely respect the views of this bishop.

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has proposed a non-antagonistic way that the Catholic Church and other opponents of the Reproductive Health Bill may use in campaigning against the controversial measure.

In a pastoral letter dated April 19 and read during the Easter Sunday masses, Ledesma said that the best way to say “no” [to the RH Bill] is to say “yes” to natural family planning.

The church strongly opposes the bill for promoting the use of contraceptives a number of which are allegedly abortifacient.

In explaining the natural family planning program of the archdiocese, Ledesma said that 1) all modern scientific NFP methods should be included; 2) NFP method should reach out to all parishes and chapel communities; and 3) NFP is being promoted without backup contraceptives.

He cited the archdiocese’s engagements with local government units in Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro in promoting the NFP.

The archbishop emphasized that they are pushing NFP as an “engagement, not collaboration” since the Church wants it to be independent of the LGU. He added the NFP can only succeed if there is widespread acceptance of it by both the church and LGU.

Ledesma reiterated the stand of the church against abortion which he said is also in consonance with the Philippine Constitution.

He further stressed that instead of the government policy drifting towards “reproductive health,” more stress on responsible parenthood should be pushed. He explained that responsible parenthood can be differentiated from reproductive health to mean the “parents’ exalted role in giving birth to another person, body and soul…”

This should not be misconstrued however as abetting the country’s high population growth, he said.

“Christian parents must exercise responsible parenthood. While nurturing a generous attitude towards bringing new human life into the world, they should strive to beget only those children whom they can raise up in a truly human and Christian way,” he said. (BenCyrus G. Ellorin/MindaNews)

Read the rest of the quoted article at mindanews.

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Ang kahibangán na itó ay maihahalintulad sa kaululán ng isáng asong malapit nang mamatáy sa rabies.

These faux holy men are free to believe in the bogeyman under their beds, but if they must mention the spirit of deception, I believe they are more acquainted with it. We musn’t tell lies, bishop. We musn’t tell lies.

What is so wrong with being able to make your own choices that concern your own body, your own reproductive system free from another person’s boot on your face? What is so wrong with having the right to quality healthcare and proper education about your own body? What?

This insanity bears striking resemblance to the madness of a dying rabid dog. All the better, then. Die, culture of deception, die. Die, culture of hypocrisy, die. Die, culture of ignorance, die. Die, Dark Ages, die.

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The second highest leader of San Pablo diocese has expressed dismay that high ranking people who promote the controversial Reproductive Health Bill (Responsible Parenthood Bill) are employing the devil tactics of deception to lure unsuspecting Filipinos to favor its passage into a law.

Barcenas knew that by definition “reproductive rights may include some or all of the following: the rights to legal or safe abortion, the right to birth control, the right to access quality reproductive healthcare, and the right to education and access in order to make reproductive choices free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.”

Our enemy in fighting against RH Bill (otherwise known as House Bill No. 4244 the proposed Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011) is not the person (RH proponents) endorsing it but Satan who is behind them and seducing these people to spread the lies and make people believe that abortion is not allowed in RHB.

“In this fight against RH Bill, our true enemies are not the people (who proposed it) but Satan. It is the evil that is manipulating the minds of all (pro RH Bill Congressmen) or those higher ups in the world. This is the reason why it is difficult to fight this enemy,” the prelate admitted.

He said this issue about the RH Bill is not only the concern of Catholics (Christians) but of all Filipinos of good will.

Meanwhile, Diocesan Family Life Director Fr. Jerry Oblepias has expressed his doubts whether President Aquino has studied thoroughly the controversial Reproductive Hill bill (RHB) when he said in public that “I’m against abortion” but at the same time strongly pushing for the approval of the bill.

“Perhaps the president does not know the whole content of RH Bill. He said that he is against abortion perhaps just to appease the Catholic hierarchy,” Oblepias said.

“My (humble) advice (to our President) is to understand that Easter is a celebration of life. And (my advice) to those who support the RHB, they don’t deserve to celebrate Easter (because) it may be an outright contradiction (if they do so),” Oblepias concluded.

The CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) has said that although the RH Bill’s title has been changed from Reproductive Health (RHB) to Responsible Parenthood Bill (RPB), investigations made by Catholic experts showed that the contents of the two bills are all the same. (Fr. Romy Ponte)

Read the rest of the quoted article at cbcpnews.

It’s official: I am a terrorist. Fear me!

According to these crazy old men, at least. So. Freakin. Scared.

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Advocates of the reproductive health (RH) bill are no better than terrorists because the measure could lead to the death of innocents, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Tuesday.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP vice president, said condoms and abortion were tantamount to killing the innocent.

The Catholic Church, led by the CBCP, opposes the bill because it believes the measure will allow couples to gain easy access to condoms and other methods of contraception that can cause abortion.

Palma expressed dismay over lawmakers supporting the RH bill, which seeks to provide couples a choice of what family planning methods to use.

Reacting to reports that the bill was gaining adherents even from other religious groups, Palma said on Radyo Inquirer dzIQ: “I hope that it is not true. If it is, we can only pray.”

“If people vote because of money then it’s almost like becoming Judas,” Palma said.

He said he wished the President would recall the “walang mahirap, walang corrupt” campaign promise “because threatening legislators that they will not receive their pork barrel if they will not support RH bill is a form of corruption.”

Malacañang has not issued any statement to the effect that the President would not release pork barrel to legislators against the bill.

President Benigno Aquino III has said he was against abortion but favored giving couples “the right to choose how best to manage their families.”

Emphasis mine. Read the rest here via inquirer.net.

Brainless bishops launch tactless non-Easter related offensive in pulpits versus the much needed RH bill.

I added the necessary adjectives to describe exactly how I feel right now. There is nothing in the bill that pushes for abortion. READ! And stop spreading lies, you cheap hypocrites. If you can’t subscribe to logic, fight fair at the very least.

On the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Catholic bishops in various parts of the country stepped up their campaign against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

In San Fernando, Pampanga, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Commission on Family and Life asked the faithful to pray for the conversion of lawmakers as defenders of Filipino families.

“Let’s pray for our congressmen, congresswomen and senators so that they and their families will be blessed by the Lord and they shall receive graces in understanding the irreversible consequences of the [RH bill] that is being tackled in Congress,” Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said in a circular read in parishes in Pampanga on Easter Sunday.

Aniceto, 73, said Jesus Christ fulfilled God’s salvation by winning over death and freeing humankind from sins. This paschal mystery, he said, happened in the context of families among Israelites in the Old Testament and among the 12 disciples and Christ’s followers in the New Testament.

In modern times, he said this meant renewing baptismal vows or living according to the teachings of God.

“The family is an important element in the liberation of those in Israel against slavery by the pharaoh. The family is the true defense of humankind,” Aniceto said in a three-page circular written in Kapampangan.

In March, Aniceto called on Catholics in Central Luzon to fight the passage of House Bill No. 4244 (the proposed Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011) with “deeper spirituality.”

The bill mandates sex education in all schools and promotes birth control, both natural and modern methods.

In Nueva Ecija, Representative Rodolfo Antonino, who is among those against the RH bill, said name-calling had no place in the debates surrounding the pending measure.

“The anti-Christian labels should not be brought up,” said Antonino, when sought for comment on President Aquino being called “anti-Christian” and a “bad Catholic” because of his position on the RH bill. Antonino said making one’s position known on the RH bill should be an individual decision.

Instead, he said, the RH bill should be viewed as a family issue. Antonino, who represents Nueva Ecija’s fourth district, made public his opposition to the RH bill during a recent pro-life rally led by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud.

In Lucena City, Bishop Emilio Marquez called on the faithful to protect and defend the “unborn child” from being “killed” with the impending passage of the RH bill.

“We should respect and defend life because it is very important, it is God-given. Unfortunately, there are people who want to kill the unborn child inside the womb of their mothers,” said Marquez in his homily during the Easter Sunday Mass at the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral.

Marquez said the resurrection of Jesus Christ gave hope to people in becoming “good Christians.”

He then asked the churchgoers to raise their hands if they supported the bill.

Not surprisingly, nobody raised a hand.

Emphasis mine. Read the rest at inquirer.net.

Sexual Preferences May Affect Health Keeping

So said a wanker today.

I was peacefully watching telly this afternoon when I passed by: “Sanhi ng Anal Cancer” (causes of anal cancer) on a local news programme. The guest doctor enumerated the following: blah, blah, blah, blah, sexual preference, blah, blah, blah…



And I was stumped. What bollocks!

The interviewed “doctor” did not go into detail but I hope what he meant was “preference of sexual activities through or using the anus” and not which sex you prefer to have sexual relations with. Simply put, any person with an anus can use it for sexual activity, and people who go solely for one sex and not the other do not necessarily prefer “anal sex”.

Doctor, next time, please be accurate. It is part of your job, and we pay good money for it.