Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why the RH Bill Will Certainly Usher in Legalized Abortion

If you have been following the ongoing national conversation on the RH Bill, you must have heard a supporter or two of the bill say, "I'm pro-RH but not pro-abortion," or "There is no legalized abortion in the bill." Granted, such a supporter may have the best of intentions because the bill prohibits abortion (although, as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions). However, to have this view is to look at the RH bill within a bubble (as if it will not have any social repercussions) and fail to see the ideological underpinnings behind such a piece of legislation.

Fr. Bernas thinks "the RH Bill does not favor abortion." The author of this blog argues that such a view is myopic.

First of all, we have to understand that the mindset of certain supporters of the RH bill mirrors that of those who openly support abortion, if they aren't the same already! BlackGenocide.org does a good job of comparing abortion and genocide by pointing the out the ideological similarities between the Holocaust, Black Slavery, and Abortion. For example, a point of comparison between the three is the fact that "Personhood is always redefined to exclude the intended victim class." In Nazi Germany, "the Nuremberg Laws codified the exclusion of Jews from German society." In 19th century America, "the U.S. Supreme Court declared Blacks '...a subordinate and inferior class of beings...' in [Dred] Scott v. Sandford." And "In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court found that 'the word "person," as used in the [Constitution], does not include the unborn.' Today, unwanted children are spoken of in dehumanizing terms: 'embryo,' 'fetus,' 'products of conception,' etc."

And who, among the RH set, supports this view? None other than Elizabeth Angsioco, who wrote,

First, all these bills speak of the unborn as a CHILD. I take issue with this because the Constitution does not call the unborn a child. If the framers meant to equate the former with the latter, they would have done that. An unborn can be anything from an egg, a zygote, to a fetus about to be born.

A child is someone who is born into this world, a complete human person like you and me. A child is a citizen, and therefore, has human rights.

Calling the unborn a child to me is going beyond what the Constitution provides.

And also espousing this view is another Elizabeth - Atty. Elizabeth Pangalangan. In a recent CBCPforLife article, it was noted that

... Pangalangan stated that “every human being is recognized as a person and as a right-holder,” her remark that everyone from the moment of birth — not from conception —  is entitled to human rights, angered the audience.

During the open forum, suggestions by the lawyer that the unborn baby is of lesser value than the mother carrying the unborn further unveiled an openness to the justification of abortion on demand, thereby generating more reactions of disapproval from the audience. (CBCP for Life) 

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My my, though implicit, don't we see this view being espoused today?

Jim Paredes, and the senator who concurs with him, wrongly asserts that it is an either/or scenario. A certain Ronald Trinio, on the other hand, makes explicit what is implicit in the former's tweet.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Elisabeth of Hungary, pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.


Monday, September 10, 2012

On why the Church and Her teachings are attacked

From the apocalyptic novel Father Elijah by Michael O'Brien,

Was that why she was so hated? The voice of truth in the conscience heard as a reproach, and if the guilty could not endure their guilt feelings, they must eventually silence the reproacher.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mary as Advocate

To the Most High God
by Whom you are so blest
intercede for us sinners
that we may not be put to the test
for the King will not refuse you
from Scripture that we know
a word from your mouth
uttered in His ear
calls Mercy down upon us
so that to Him we may draw near
for our sins defile us
our imperfections blight our souls
but your presence with us
before His throne
casts favor upon us
in the shadow of your own

A Poem

In the beginning
there was thine
as a thought eternal
in His mind
Though you were yet
to be conceived
when thou was destined
to be the New Eve
A mystery thou art
God's secret unveiled in part
A luminous figure
standing in the sky
telling the world
to return to the Most High

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Letter to the Virgin-Mother

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner


Dear Mama Mary,
we know from the Annunciation that love is a choice. We praise and thank Almighty God for giving His most excellent gifts to you so that you may respond completely and utterly, as no creature had done before, to His Most Holy Will. Pray, my Fair One, that you will help me at all times to make the choice to love God as you did. I give you my poor heart, dear Lady, just as Saint Gemma and Saint Grignon did, and I invoke their intercession so that, like them, I may give it with complete and utter surrender.

Take it, I beg you. I know it is not fit to adorn the tower of David, which is "built with elegance; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors." But, as the Mother of Mercy, I know you would not refuse.

And in the void that remains, dear Mother, if I may speak so boldly to my Queen, place your own heart so that I may adore, love, thank, and praise Jesus, your Son, perfectly as you did. AMEN.


Saint Louis Grignon de Montfort, pray for us!


"I no longer have a heart; I gave it to Jesus' Mom."

Saint Gemma Galgani, pray for us!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reflection on the Reflection

I had a thought on my way home from church. As I looked at the moon, I thought, Mary! During the darkest night of history, when all but a few have forgotten about Christ, it will be the light of Mary that illumine mankind back to God.

"Then they went on to predict that, when the world would reject Our Lord as it has done today, on that Dark Night the light of His Mother would arise to illumine the darkness and lead the world to peace."
Taken from Archbishop (soon to be Saint) Fulton J. Sheen's masterpiece The World's First Love 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The cafeteria is closed

A disturbing trend in the West that has been on the rise in the past few decades has recently manifested itself on our shores. A trend resulting from the progressivism of the last century creeping its way into the Church. It is called cafeteria Catholicism.

Every problem at its root is a spiritual one. In this case we see the faithful failing – and in some instances even refusing – to acknowledge and practice the virtue of humility. If Jesus, true God and true man, did not exempt himself from “submission to the Law” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 527) like any other Jew, as was the case in the Presentation in the Temple and in His participation in the feast of Passover, who then are we, his followers, to do otherwise?

A life imbued with humility produces the fruit of obedience. We profess as Catholics that original sin has tainted human nature, the result of which was a weakened will and darkened intellect. Even if you are a secularist, you just have to look at the West, which has abandoned its Christian heritage, to see what happens when man is left to his own devices. Case in point: the recent riots that took place in London, a city which has abandoned traditional moral values. For that reason the very notion of a “primacy of conscience” is inherently flawed. Why? Because we are flawed. Primacy belongs to God alone, from Whom we receive the gift of sanctifying grace, which ennobles human nature.

We should all be honest with ourselves when we are lacking in virtue. We should be humble enough to acknowledge when we let our pride go unchecked in defying the “Vicar of Christ... (who has) supreme and universal power over the whole Church” (CCC 882). And we should be strong enough to admit our failings in meeting the ideals of Christian life, and, in our arrogance, trying to make Christianity suit ours.

In the end, however, the “Catholic” senators, priests, and lay people who continue to defy the teachings of the Church come as no surprise.  For it was because of the sin of disobedience that Christ came into the world to redeem mankind. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Rom 5:19)”