Antonius on New CBCP Pastoral Letter Again…
It is the responsibility of every parent to ensure that the children are safe. Children need security not only from physical evils, but also from moral evils.
Sex education by just any teacher is dangerous. Morally depraved people handling sex ed classes are dangerous, and parents must ensure that their children should be shielded from such morally depraved teachers. The question is, how can the government screen sex ed teachers to ensure that the children be safe from perverted advocates? Classrooms are open fields where teachers can freely influence children. Sex education classes are big opportunities for moral perverts to scandalize children.
Governments are all for security, and airport security tightly screens every passenger to ward off possible terrorists. Yet, there is not the same tight security against moral terrorists who cause widespread injury to the souls of innocent children. Freedom of speech and religion ensure that people with immoral tenets can freely advocate their beliefs and gain recruits/followers.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF),which issues guidelines for government bodies and non-government agencies regarding reproductive health concerns, declares that: “Governments must respect, protect and fulfill all sexual rights for young people”. It aggressively pushes its agenda on the sexual rights for youth “Ensuring that all young people understand that they are entitled to sexual pleasure and how to experience different forms of sexual pleasure is important for their health and well-being”. IPPF demands liberalized abortion, self-identified (rather than biological) gender on identification papers, unrestricted access to contraceptives, and various other contentious claims. (Reference: http://www.c-fam.org/fridayfax/volume-14/new-ippf-sex-guides-issued-for-youth.html)
With IPPF Funding for Reproductive Health in the Philippines, does one need to wonder what kind of education the children will get? IPPF guide on Reproductive Health Programming tells all at: http://www.ippf.org/NR/rdonlyres/3358EBEC-234F-416E-9416-81DE6FCA060F/0/questions.pdf
Informed choice means doctors, nurses and midwives must honestly inform women of all the negative effects of the pills.
Protect women, fight contraception. Pills are dangerous to women’s health and to the environment.
The Church doesn’t approve contraception and doesn’t allow termination of unwanted pregnancies. This stand cannot change because life and the act of co-creating it is sacred. Raped women deserve sympathy but this sympathy should not go to the extreme of allowing them to kill innocent babies. Assisting these women to become criminals is pushing them to an eternity of hell. Abortion is and will always be evil. The increasing number of supporters and funding for contraception and abortion is irrelevant. Life and the act of co-creating is sacred. Contraception and abortion attack the sanctity of life.
By BERNARDO M. VILLEGAS
June 10, 2011, 4:03am
MANILA, Philippines — The obsession with the promotion of artificial contraceptives among those pushing the so-called RH Bill is partly based on the assumption that we have to prevent unwanted pregnancies among adolescents who find it impossible to avoid premarital sex.
This presupposition is based on the empirical observation that in many countries in the Western world, the majority of teenage girls have had sex before they get married. Those in favor of the RH Bill claim that they are just being “realists.” To them chastity is an impossible ideal. Well, I claim that they are defeatists.
They are assuming that the youth in the Philippines cannot rise above their purely animal instincts. Before they even try, these lawmakers have given up on values and character education of the youth and the spiritual formation that can come from religious faith, whatever the creed.
It was very refreshing for me to read a blog of sports and media celebrity, Chris Tiu. This famous basketball star wrote a commentary on an event he attended at the SMX of Mall of Asia where he joined some 8,000 people, most of them young women and men, to listen to Jason Evert, an American “Chastity” speaker.
Mr. Evert was in the Philippines during the last days of February, 2011, and spoke to various audiences in Metro Manila and Iloilo about the importance of fostering the virtue of chastity among the young people of the Philippines. Let us listen to what Chris Tiu said about the talk of Jason Evert.
“I never could have imagined myself attending a chastity talk although I am a believer of chastity and purity… Honestly, my understanding was that it was going to be a talk about love and relationships, not about chastity… The program started with a Holy Mass, after which I was introduced to Jason by a friend… Jason must have read what was going on in my mind and so he picked me as a volunteer at the beginning of his talk
He wanted to start his talk with the question, ‘How far is too far in a relationship.’ And to illustrate his point he made me put on a ‘Lady Gaga’ wig and acted out as if we were on a date. And in an instant, he lifted me upon his shoulders! One hand supporting me, and the other holding the mic! Deep inside, I was thinking, Wow! This guy is strong! I stand at 5’ 11” and Jason was just about 5’ 7.” He was probably 30 lbs lighter than I. Then he lifted me towards the end of the stage and asked me if he should still go on. Of course, I said NO! And he took me down and thanked me for volunteering!
“So, what’s his point? The point is not to put our loved ones in danger. We said that asking ‘How far can I go with a girl without sinning?’ can be put more positively into ‘How far can I go with a girl in protecting her innocence?’
Think of it this way.
He invited us to think of our future wife who may be dating another guy right now. How far do we want that guy to go with her? It is like Stephen Covey’s ‘thinking with the end in mind,’ the end here being marriage. Then he said, ‘Girls, do not allow a guy to lift the veil of your body before he lifts the veil on your head – in marriage.’
“To illustrate his point further, he cited statistics in the US which show that those who married as virgins had a divorce rate 70% less than those who were not. This was taken from a 700-page book compiling the results of a research that had the largest survey respondents.
What made me think deeper was his analogy of our love for our future wife with the love of Christ for the Church. He quoted St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. I couldn’t help but think of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ where he described how Jesus suffered for us, His Church, His Bride.
He said that that’s how much we have to be willing to suffer for our future wife. And part of that sacrifice is to live a chaste life now. We need to free ourselves so that we can love!”
Chris Tiu was especially impressed with the candor with which Jason spoke about his own personal experience. The eloquent speaker from the US was addressing especially the girls in the audience. He wanted to disabuse them of the idea that by giving in to the lustful desire of a boyfriend, they would be loved more. On the contrary, that would be the best way to lose his respect. To demonstrate this point, he told the story of a lady named Cristalina:
“When she allowed her boyfriend to have sex with her, he started mistreating her and calling her names. After a while, the usual excitement of being together was gone. Love had been confused with lust. Until her mom insisted and dragged her to attend a chastity talk.
Finally, she decided to break off with the guy. Instead of engaging in sexual acts, what she did was she started writing love letters for her future husband whom she had not yet met. The letters indicated that ‘I did not give in to temptation tonight, because I am saving myself for you!’
After a few years, on her wedding day, she gave them all to her husband, who happened to be Jason himself! She also gave him a white candle with a fresh wick (as a symbol of preserving her body up to the time of marriage from her conversion).
I am sure there are numerous young women and men reading this article who can think as Chris Tiu does about the importance of chastity before marriage. They can distinguish between love and lust. They can have enough strength of character, reinforced by the grace from prayer and the Sacraments, so that chastity before marriage is not an impossible ideal for them.
They can give the lie to the insulting presupposition of those pushing for artificial contraceptives that chastity before marriage is an impossible ideal. For comments, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.