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wilfrido david THE BICKERING on the RH bill is causing a wide rift between Church and State. This is an opportunity for PNoy to assert his convictions. Not necessarily to go against the Church's tenets, but to concede to the peoples' will. In essence, it is about the moral aspects of the bill as against containing the unrelenting population explosion. Short of calling PNoy the prodigal son, anti-Christian is the more preferred handle. Is the Catholic clergy exercising due respect for the presidency by name calling? What if PNoy decided to retaliate by calling a retired archbishop persona non grata precisely because he is retired from the church and as such should refrain from uttering offensive remarks? All he can do is speak for the Church, not criticize those who dare disagree with its teachings. Perhaps, calling PNoy a Protestant would have been more fitting.

Being Catholic and loving it is no longer the prevailing sentiment among proper, god-fearing, clear-thinking members of the Church. Mass attendees at the Baguio Church walked out as the priest's homily conjured negative vibes when he castigated popular lady activist Risa Hontiveros for supporting the RH bill. It just goes to show that some members of the clergy cannot engage in a healthy point-by-point discussion of the issue and instead choose to talk down on their flock as if they didn't know any better. A flock of sheep no longer willing to be shepherded into blind abeyance on the herder's every word.

Archbishop Cruz is an activist do-gooder, sometimes labeled as a rabble-rouser by his "enemies" in the gambling underground. But obviously he means well. Unfortunatey, nothing came out of his exposés on jueteng lords and secret beneficiaries of the industry, the church amongst them. So, how come, this issue was never pursued? Is it because the publicity will provoke further exposés on anomalies taking place in the Catholic Church? The lesser said, the better.

The Catholic Church is just doing its duty. It has its myopic views on government edicts, invoking the church's teachings at the drop of a hat with nary a sensible and productive input at discussions. It seems that there are more hotheads in the Church than in the administration. So far, Malacañan has kept its cool, treading the waters, so to speak. But what is to stop the RH bill from becoming law? Regardless of the Church's position, it is, in the long term, the only effective way to control the population.

It is understandable that the Church assumes the role of speaking for God when or wherever called for. But does God nod his head in approval all the time? He should have a dialogue with the priests as well and maybe come up with a mutually acceptable solution to the problem! "Increase and Multiply" is now more of a fallacy than practicable in reality. The fact that there are more births than deaths happening, the world would soon be overflowing with humans that the Church has no way of feeding. Ever heard of command responsibility?

Well, it sums up to "You cannot have your cake and eat it, too!" You must exercise due caution whenever you feel the "urge." RH and what it entails is a test of your determination to contribute in attaining it's primary goal—a small family that you can afford to support. Otherwise, it's all for naught. Hopefully, the usual ningas cogon attitude will change to something worth the battle.

Have a good night with RH on your mind.

[About the author. Wilfrido David first retired as Computer-Analyst from the Ayala Group of Companies. He immigrated to the US in 1985, worked there for another 25 years in the Medical Field (Medical Lab Tech), until he retired for the second time. Sometime ago, he was involved with FAANM (Filipino-American Association of New Mexico) as correspondent-contributor-writer-editor, publisher—all rolled into one. He says about that stint, "I ran out of energy, patience, and money but kept on with my duties until the next set of association officers were voted in." The earliest writing he did was for his high school paper in Holy Angel University. His present writing derives from the perspective of a Filipino expat in the US who faithfully keeps up with what's happening in the home country, as gleaned from his Filipino channels on DirecTV, aside from CNN and HLN.]

-Posted: 8:54 AM 5/10/11 | More of this author on eK!