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Some Catholic Bishops Quietly Support RH Law – Ex-DOH Chief Romualdez

By: Sammy F. Martin, Philippines News Agency
April 7, 2013 11:37 AM

Senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros is among those that the Catholics for Reproductive Health (CARH) support in the coming elections. FILE PHOTO

MANILA – Catholic bishops who are not giving their opinion whether or not they favor the Reproductive Health Law are actually silently supporting the law, said former health secretary Alberto Romualdez.

Romualdez, chairman of Catholics for Reproductive Health (CARH), refused to name names but claimed these bishops are the silent movers in disseminating information on the RH Law.

“I think no one yet has come up to tell the public that they support RH Law which is contrary to the official position of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP),” Romualdez told reporters in a press conference in Quezon City.
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Spirituality, Catholicism, and RH

Details Published on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00 Written by A.G. ROMUALDEZ

‘Catholic teaching should reflect not only beliefs of the hierarchy but also those of the laity as expressed in practices especially with respect to real life situations.’

CATHOLICS for Reproductive Health (C4RH) was established more than a year ago by a group of practicing Catholics who in their personal capacities supported the legislative proposals on reproductive health and responsible parenthood.

It has allied itself with other mainly secular groups who together form the coalition of reproductive health advocates known as Alliance for Reproductive Health Network (ARHAN).

Still in its organizational early stages, C4RH has engaged in activities aimed at expressing Catholic lay support for the enactment of laws mandating government provision of reproductive health information and services particularly to economically disadvantaged segments of the Philippine population.

Presently, the formal membership of C4RH consists of the few hundred or so individuals who have participated in its two annual national meetings as well as individual chapter meetings in some provinces. However, the organization reaches thousands of Catholics of similar persuasions – including students and faculty of both public and private schools as evidenced by the attendance of over 900 participants at the recent assembly held at the UP College of Social Work and Development last Saturday.

The assembly, billed as the “C4RH Wo/Men’s Fare”, featured group prayers for passage of the RH Bill and a talk by RH co-author Miriam Defensor Santiago, who titled her talk “8 Reasons Why Catholics Support Reproductive Health” which is summarized and presented in abridged form below.

“Reason One – The Church does not consider anti-RH teaching as infallible.” Senator Santiago asserted that these teachings are not “Dogma” (i.e., infallible) but “Doctrine” (i.e., changeable over time). In support, she quoted a 1973 issuance of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that states, “The expressions of revelation are historically conditioned, and therefore the meaning is not always self-evident to those in some other historical setting. The meaning in dogmatic language may change from one historical period to another. The truth itself may be expressed incompletely”.
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SEN. MIRIAM’S LIST: 8 Reasons Why Catholics Support RH

By: Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago
September 15, 2012 3:33 PM

A Doctor of Juridical Science and a candidate for Master of Arts in Religious Studies, the senator delivered this keynote speech at the program sponsored by the Catholics for Reproductive Health today, 15 September 2012, at the UP College of Social Work and Development.

1. The Catholic Church does not consider anti-RH teaching as infallible.

Theology consists of critical reflection on faith. St. Anselm of Canterbury gave to us the classic definition of theology as: “Faith seeking understanding.” But theology is the result not only of faith, but also of certain normative rules which fall into two categories: doctrines and dogmas. Doctrines consist of beliefs or teachings which receive the official approval of the Church.

But by contrast, dogmas, which literally mean “what is right,” are doctrines that are taught definitively and promulgated with the highest solemnity. In other words, dogmas are the definitive rules of faith. If you reject a dogma, you become a heretic. Parenthetically, it is very strange that our Church has failed to enumerate what are the Catholic dogmas.

A teaching which is dogma is infallible; but a teaching which is mere doctrine is not infallible. A doctrine can change over time. Thus, the 1973 Mysterium Ecclesiae, a declaration issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith states: “The expressions of revelation are historically conditioned, and therefore the meaning is not always self-evident to those in some other historical setting. The meaning in dogmatic language may change from one historical period to another. The truth itself may be expressed incompletely.”

In his classic bestseller, the 1994 revised edition of the book entitled Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien of the University of Notre Dame, said: “The Church has never explicitly claimed to such infallibility on a moral question.” The RH issue is a moral question. The Catholic Church has never claimed that any pronouncement on the RH issue is infallible.
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THE RH BILL IS PRO-LIFE — Statement of DLSU Individual Faculty Members

by RH Bill Portal on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:20am


We, the undersigned Faculty Members of the De La Salle University, acting individually, and with reasoned conviction, cognizant of our role in society as champions of enlightenment and in pursuit of our mission to create a haven for critical Christian thinkers committed to serve society, particularly the poor, assert that:

– The right to life is a fundamental Christian tenet that finds full meaning when combined with the inherent rights of humans to a decent, safe, and productive existence as well as to an all-round development. Thus, beyond protecting the very important right of the unborn, it must extend to a recognition that a life that is weighed down by poverty, sickness, and social inequality – now compounded by environmental stresses – deprives humans of agency to transform themselves and the world for the common good.

– A key dimension of the democratic ideal at the core of our community and country is the promotion of pluralism and diversity. In a society marred by great imbalances of power and wealth, the freedom that comes with choice has become a privilege. Empowering the poor and the marginalized, women in particular, requires opening up opportunities for their self-actualization. In this modern day, it is alarming that death from childbirth continues to claim 4,500 women every year or about 12 every day. Lack of access to quality and affordable reproductive health services and timely information as much as poverty has kept many women from finding their own voice, exercising their basic rights, and taking their place as full members of society.

– The current population level, ranged against the level of our physical, environmental, and natural resources, is only one – albeit important – factor to the worsening quality of life of Filipinos. While our population growth rate has declined somewhat below the two percent threshold, it is still higher relative to the increase in the incomes of families in the 7th to the 10th decile groups – the segment of the population with the highest proportion of those living in absolute poverty as well. Here, among these groups, the quality of life is severely compromised due to an increase in population.

– Part of a meaningful celebration of life itself is the affirmation of the inherent moral standing of every human being, who has the capacity to make reasoned decisions, guided both by moral and ethical considerations, as well as by scientific truths and conventions. The ability to make moral judgments, however, requires knowledge and information, and for those living in materially constrained circumstances, requires further support from the society. The capacity to provide that support now rests with the State and its instrumentalities.

Our belief in the above mentioned premises leads us to express support for the Reproductive Health Bill in both houses of Congress as a much needed step toward the attainment of a just and democratic society which celebrates life at its fullest range and quality. Our support to the RH Bill is grounded on the following convictions:
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Ateneans for RH Statement of Support for the RH Bill

Declaration of Support for the Immediate Passage of the House Bill 4244, “An Act Providing For A Comprehensive Policy On Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health, And Population And Development, And For Other Purposes” or more commonly known as the “RH Bill” into Law

Date Created: August 5, 2012
Updated: August 21, 2012
Author: Ateneans for RH Bill

Disclaimer: We are students and individuals (faculty, staff, and alumni) from the different Ateneo universities who support the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill. However, we do not represent the whole Ateneo student body and our respective university administrations. We are supporting the RH Bill in our own individual capacities.
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More Ateneo profs endorse RH Bill

August 19, 2012 8:26 AM

More faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University have signed on to a statement in support of House Bill 4244, or The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill.

Thirty-three professors added their names to the statement, again stressing that they took their position as individuals, and that they are “in no way speaking for the Ateneo de Manila University, the Society of Jesus, or the rest of their colleagues.”

In updating its list of signatories, Prof. Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara, on behalf of the other signatories, said they had taken out one name erroneously included in the original list of statement endorsers.

“One name was included in error,” Prof. Guevara said. “We apologize to Mr. Arturo A. Valencia for including his name, as he has not indicated any intention to support the RH Bill. We further apologize for whatever misperception and misunderstanding this may have caused to the person of Mr. Valencia and to the organizations to which he belongs.”
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160 Ateneo Professors Endorse RH Bill

August 13, 2012 7:40 AM

Faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University on Monday released a statement in support of House Bill 4244, or The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill.

“(We) believe that the RH Bill is a vital piece of legislation that needs to be passed urgently,” the professors said. “It upholds the constitutional right of couples to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions; honors our commitments to international covenants and conventions; and promotes the reproductive health and reproductive rights of Filipinos, especially of those who are most marginalized on this issue – our women, poor families, and young people.”

The professors – coming from the AdMU Loyola Schools and the Ateneo Professional Schools – the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH), the Ateneo Law School (ALS), the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) – stressed that they signed the statement as individuals, and that they are “in no way speaking for the Ateneo de Manila University, the Society of Jesus, or the rest of their colleagues.”

In all, 160 faculty members signed the statement, which we publish in full below.



Declaration of Support for House Bill 4244 (The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill) by individual faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University
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