Immovable Position of the Catholic Church on Reproductive Health Bill

For Filipino Catholics who cannot understand why the Church seems to be so immovable on the matter of the RH Bill despite the good purposes of the bill. This is offered to help clarify the adamant stand of our bishops. It doesn’t attempt to be comprehensive but it offers a different rationale from what is commonly aired. “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is inviolable right of every innocent being to life” (CCC: 2270).

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The Saint Speaks on Holy Repentance

From heaven, in her own words, St. Teresa of Avila shares how God can transform the soul in love through repentance. “Every offense committed against justice and truth entails the duty of reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. When it is impossible publicly to make reparation for a wrong, it must be made secretly. If someone who has suffered harm cannot be directly compensated, he must be given moral satisfaction in the name of charity. This duty of reparation also concerns offenses against another’s reputation. This reparation, moral and sometimes material, must be evaluated in terms of the extent of the damage inflicted. It obliges in conscience” (CCC: 2487).

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