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Oyez! Oyez! The Supreme Court and RH

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“Oyez! Oyez! Rise! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the Philippines, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting!”

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Seeking justice from the justices: RH again

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Having been defeated on the approval of the reproductive health bill in both the legislative and executive branches of government, the lay allies of the Catholic bishops have now turned their sights on the judiciary. The 15 petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Republic Act 10354 identify contraception, in particular, as mocking the nation’s values on life, motherhood and family life, fostering genocide, and denying freedom of religion, speech and more.

Posted: July 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Vatican II at 50: Laity speak out on RH

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Are Catholics who disagree with the Philippine bishops’ condemnation of the reproductive health bill bad Catholics? The bishops’ statements would have the public believe so. Yet Vatican II documents will affirm that in advocating passage of the RH bill, the laity are indeed playing their proper roles in Church reform.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A listening Church?

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The other Sunday just before Mass, the congregation in our village chapel was called upon yet again to recite a prayer calling on God to have our legislators defeat the reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

RH interpellation in communities

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Should senators and representatives carry out interpellation on the reproductive health (RH) bill in their home communities? Yes! Our legislators are, after all, conscious of their accountability to their constituents and their mandate to represent the latter’s interests. Why not, then, take the opportunity of the April-May recess to consult women living in the legislator’s [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women in Church: ‘sense of the faithful’

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In a recent article (BusinessWorld, 2/21/12), UP economist, Dr. Ernesto Pernia laments: “The [Catholic] Church today remains top-down, authoritarian, and dismissive of the voice of the laity. This is particularly so in the Philippines where the laity prefer to stay silent and be seen as submissive to Church authority.” He recalls Cardinal John Henry Newman’s [...]

Posted: March 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Poor women speak on RH; is anyone listening?

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In the seemingly endless agonizing of religious officials and associated lay followers over when life begins, whether some contraceptives are abortifacient, or which contributes more to poverty—inequitable resource distribution or population increase—almost totally ignored are the voices of those who bear and care for more children than they want—our poor women. How ironic that the [...]

Posted: August 1st, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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