Choose candidates wisely, life advocates urge laity

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MANILA, Feb. 28, 2013 – As the celebration of Pro-life Month comes to a close, a pro-life stalwart and a priest called on the lay people to be more stringent in choosing candidates to vote for in the nearing midterm elections, saying that the foremost issues faced by the country are brought by the “wrong choices on who runs the government and who makes laws.”

Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Human Life International (HLI) regional director for Asia and Oceania, justified this call and stressed the importance of voting for candidates who align their political ideologies with the moral teachings of the Church.

“I think our first criteria in the coming elections and in every election for that matter, should be what is the candidate’s stand on God, life and family, because if they can’t stand even on these very basic issues, we can’t expect them to push for true welfare and development,” she said.

Need for rightful legislation

Acosta also called out the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law, which was secretly signed in December 2012, and said that population control measures are not what the country needs as a solution to poverty.

“Everyone needs to understand that this is a global anti-life agenda funded by mind-boggling amount of money, which allows them to advance their agenda by penetrating practically all sectors of society.  The attack against faith, life, and family can be so subtle—like in the guise of poverty alleviation—that many fall into the trap,” Acosta said.

She noted that the passage of laws that will truly eliminate the cause of poverty and strengthen the family will bring a stronger nation and a more stable social order.

“What our lawmakers need to promote are laws that will eliminate graft and corruption, which is the real cause of poverty in this country,” she said. “They also need to craft laws that will promote education and genuine livelihood opportunities for the poor, and those that will strengthen marriage and the family, the basic foundation of the nation.  As goes the home, so goes the entire social order.”

Acosta lambasted the moral corruption taking place in the country as it greatly affects and diminishes the spiritual beliefs and principles the laity upholds.

“This is the worst corruption ever—because this is not only corruption of money, but corruption of faith, life, family, the youth, and our very core values.  What happened was also a corruption of democracy and an open mockery of the constitutional provision of separation of powers,” said the HLI regional director, who worked for the Department of Health (DOH) for more than 20 years and who witnessed the agency’s execution of its population control programs.

Back to basics

Acosta said that going back to the basic teachings of the church pertaining to catechesis, life, sexuality, and marriage will make the public understand more clearly the logic behind church teachings.

She added that unearthing the negative scientific facts behind contraception and abortion, scrutinizing the implications of sex education, and studying the real agenda behind the clamor for divorce, abortion, population control, and same-sex “marriage” will help educate Catholics and bring back the old conservatist nature of the church.

“True progress has for its purpose the development and not the destruction of man, who is the center of God’s creation and the subject and object of development.  Thus, on the contrary, if people will only follow the teachings that Christ Himself taught, as well as the commandments given by God, this world would be a better place to live in,” she said.

“We need to continue opening the eyes of our people for them to understand the double-speak, what this is all about, how it develops, and how it destroys the moral foundation and the very life of a nation,” she continued. “We need to expose the deception and fight against it.”

Opposing the ‘culture of death’

Meanwhile, Fr. Vicente Cajilig, OP, member of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, said the success of building a pro-life nation depends on how the lay people, especially the lawmakers who legislate controversial measures, recognize their lapses for promoting the “culture of death” in the country.

“The future of life in this country depends on how we recognize our disgrace due to laws against life that favor the culture of death. Together, let us build a pro-life nation. A pro-death nation does not promise glory and eternity,” he said in his homily at this month’s Pro-Life Convention at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila.

He noted the presumed sinfulness of people for supporting anti-life agenda that violate Catholic morals.

“It is the sinfulness of us all, individual or societal, that we bring to the altar of God. We ask for forgiveness. For we believe that the love of God for mistaken leaders and followers is everlasting,” Cajilig said.

“Ours as this period is a profession of faith in the creator who is the author and master of things. Remove the role of creator in creation and what we will have is pure evolutionism,” he added.

Attack of relativism

He also bemoaned the failure of some Catholics to strictly uphold the ideals of the Catholic Church, further noting that morality is absolute and should not be affected by relativism.

“Relativism dominates the un-evangelized or poorly-evangelized minds and hearts of quasi-believers who profess they are Catholics but who never took seriously the moral truth and the saving doctrine contained in the rich documentation on family life and its role in a country or society,” Cajilig said. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)

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