QUEZON City, June 17, 2015—A concerned lay Catholic has expressed alarm over what she describes as the “deceptive, cheap, and desperate” way with which the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) appears to be misrepresenting pronouncements on reproductive health, responsible parenthood, and sexuality education by high-ranking Catholic officials, including no less than Pope Francis, in order to advance their agenda, through computer-generated graphics.
Misleading the public
“Philippine Center for Population and Development, a population control group and major pusher of contraceptives in the Philippines attempts to mislead the public that Catholic leaders are one with them in advancing their agenda by taking the clergymen’s words out of context, putting them on a poster with their photos, and appending the ?#?SexEdPH? hashtag,” says Anna Cosio, a registered nurse and a member of pro-life, pro-chastity, pro-family Catholic group Youth for Life (Y4L), in a recent statement she posted on the Facebook wall of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, who also serves as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Villegas is one of the two prominent Filipino clergymen, the other being Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, whose statements she laments were used in a manner contradicting official Church position.
Chastity, contraceptives don’t mix
“No, PCPD, the Catholic Church does not approve of your condom-centered version of ‘Sex Ed,’ but we do have Paul VI’s ‘Humanae Vitae’ and JP2′s ‘Theology of the Body’ that teach young people about Chastity. And Chastity and Contraceptives will never go together, just as oil and water do not mix. So please, stop taking people’s words out of context to suit your agenda. It’s deceptive, cheap, and desperate. ?#?RH?,” she adds in the same post.
Cosio tells Villegas, “Dear Bishop Soc, I wanted to send you a personal message but couldn’t find that option on your page, so I will just be posting this here in case you have not yet seen it. I just thought you should know about this since the @Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) appears to be misrepresenting you and other prominent clergymen to advance their agenda.”
To view the graphics, visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1637875339763844.1073741841.1487209164830463&type=3. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)