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Archdiocese removes fixed fees for canonical certificates

Archdiocese removes fixed fees for canonical certificates

MANILA, Jan. 12, 2016— After setting a policy against soliciting or accepting payments for sacraments, a Catholic archbishop this time wants his parishes to stop charging fixed rates for issuing certificates. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said the move is still part of the ongoing archdiocesan reform, as he reminded the clergy not to “commercialize” […]

Budget cut on contraceptives ‘a welcome move’

Budget cut on contraceptives ‘a welcome move’

MANILA, Jan. 8, 2015— Church officials have welcomed the legislature’s decision to cut the government’s P1 billion budget for contraceptives. Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa archdiocese told reporters he thought it was “very Filipino”. “I hope all P1 billion will be spent to construct schools, give high education and moral formation for the young, and […]

Thoughts & talking points; on US decision on gay “marriage” – from Atty. Jemy Gatdula

 [Thoughts & talking points] The full text of the decision in Obergefell (pdf form) can be found here. The dissents of Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito start at the 35th page. The dissents can be summarized as follows: – the decision has no actual basis in the Constitution; – the decision stretched out words in […]

Still no to divorce, says Cardinal Rosales

MANILA, March 24, 2015— The Catholic Church cannot conform her teachings about divorce to the dictates of the world, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said. Even if a new survey showed that 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce made legal, Rosales said no one can change the teachings of God to suit what people […]

Pinoy prelate in UN: Thank you, young pro-lifers

NEW YORK City, March 20, 2015—A Filipino prelate representing the Vatican at the United Nations (UN), expressed joy that the pro-life movement is becoming “more and more youthful,” expressing gratitude to young people who have stepped out of their comfort zones, taking up the fight for life with “courage and vitality.”   Greater awareness In […]

PH couple shares ‘abortion story’ with Pope, bishops at Synod

PH couple shares ‘abortion story’ with Pope, bishops at Synod

VATICAN City, Oct. 10, 2014—A Filipino couple who had once been faced with the possibility of aborting their own child, shared with the Holy Father and the world’s prelates gathered at the Synod on the Family the decision they made the day they said no to abortion. Healthy baby girl “On my fourth pregnancy, I […]

More contraception not Mindanao solution, bishop tells gov’t

More contraception not Mindanao solution, bishop tells gov’t

MALAYBALAY City, Bukidnon, Sept.29, 2014—A high-ranking church official slams the government for allegedly prioritizing the purchase of artificial contraceptives instead of coming out with programs that will improve the life of Filipinos in Mindanao. “Use it [government funds] for poverty alleviation, for social justice agenda such as food and job security, land for the landless […]

Netizens wage online war vs. Bench show

Netizens wage online war vs. Bench show

MANILA, September 24, 2014— “Pornographic”, “dehumanizing”, “cheap” and “misogynistic”. This is what a lot of Filipino netizens, most of them women, are calling local clothing brand Bench’s recent “The Naked Truth” fashion show. Alaina Lenox Becroft stresses, “Fashion isn’t porn. You dont know the real meaning of fashion. Fashion isn’t stripping … Fashion isn’t immorality.” […]

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The Truth About Human Love – Orientations on Conjugal Love, Gender Ideology and Family Legislation

“By its very nature the gift of the person must be lasting and irrevocable. The indissolubility of marriage flows in the first place from the very essence of that gift: the gift of one person to another person. This reciprocal giving of self reveals the spousal nature of love. In their marital consent the bride […]

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