MANILA, Dec. 30, 2016 – Amidst the heightening concern about “extra-judicial killings” (EJKs) and the death penalty bill, a prominent family and life advocate warned “the greater threat is actually the push for the distribution of condoms” planned for immediate implementation by the Department of Health (DOH).
In his message to pro-life advocates on the feast of the Holy Innocents, Frank Padilla, Servant General of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), cautioned that “acceptance of condoms – seeming to the general public as unharmful – is actually the start of the slippery slope to the whole gamut of the culture of death”.
“The culture of death has always been in the world. From the time Cain killed Abel. To the time Pharaoh ordered the new-born males of the Jews killed. In the time of Herod, he ordered the massacre of all the babies in Bethlehem two years old and under”, he recalled.
“The culture of death includes abortion,” pointed out Padilla .
“When it was first allowed, it started with exceptions, such as in cases of rape and incest. Then it was permitted up to the first trimester, then the second trimester, then the third trimester. And today for any reason whatsoever.
“Abortion started with being illegal throughout the world. Now it is not only legal, but is permitted anytime before birth, and now also after birth.
“This is the slippery slope of the culture of death,” the pro-life advocate brought to mind.
“We in the Philippines do not have legal abortion, yet. But it is coming,” Padilla forewarned, “unless we act decisively.”
“We do not have child euthanasia yet, but that too will come, as indeed the slippery slope dictates unless we act decisively,” he reiterated.
Call to decisive action
While lauding moves such as the provisions on conscientious objection to the RH Law, the pro-life advocate called for “decisive action” and suggested the following moves:
- Massive evangelization, as with the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement;
- Massive proclamation of the gospel of chastity for the youth, as with the Live Pure movement;
- Massive teaching of Natural family Planning (NFP), especially among the poor, to reach the peripheries and grassroots;
- Intensified formation work in parishes and by Church organizations and ecclesial movements
“This, I know, is a great challenge, a big part of which is funding,” Padilla admitted, but he is optimistic that “the Council of the Laity of the Philippines (LAIKO) and pro-life groups can get together to see how this can be done”.
The DOH announced in a briefing in Malacañang recently that it is pushing through with the plan to distribute condoms in public high schools.
The plan, according to Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, includes the government’s allocation of Php50 to 100 million for the procurement of condoms and their distribution for population control and for the HIV-AIDS awareness campaign. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)