Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
While Fr. Tabora tries to disingenuously stab at the Church’s conscience vote campaign by making it seem as though the opposition to institutionalized contraception is in the same realm as an arbitrary and whimsical prodding to vote for or against someone because of character strengths or flaws, what this entire battle is really about, this RH Bill (now law), has been muddled into a caricature of what it really is. The caricature was drawn, admittedly by both sides, but more so by the critics of the debate, especially and regrettably by those within the Church, Catholic opinion makers, University Presidents and tenured professors who claim to be united with the Catholic church, yet promote a morally relative ideological pluralism (which the Church herself warns us about) that confuses the Catholic faithful and endangers their spiritual life.
This battle, in case they have forgotten, is not temporal but spiritual. A battle for souls!
The Church, that is, the Bishops, priests and lay Catholics who continue to oppose this law know this! However, these Catholic opinion-makers, University Presidents and tenured professors have forgotten or choose to ignore the natural moral truth that contraception (and the institutionalization of such) is an evil not (just) because contraceptives have adverse medical effects or create and foster a “contraceptive mentality” or irreversibly alter demographics in a detrimental way, it is an evil because contracepting is an affront against God and leads to greater evils and graver sins.
Consider what Pope Pius XI says in Casti Connubii…
56. Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.
and again Pope Paul VI in Humane Vitae…
We are obliged once more to declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun and, above all, all direct abortion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as lawful means of regulating the number of children. (14) Equally to be condemned, as the magisterium of the Church has affirmed on many occasions, is direct sterilization, whether of the man or of the woman, whether permanent or temporary. (15)
These negative effects (I don’t think they’ve ever used the word SIN), Frs. Tabora and Bernas have at least publicly claimed, are real and they have even gone so far as to agree with Catholic teaching on artificial contraception and yet their actions belie their words. How can they readily surrender their proclaimed postion against this evil by default? How can they defend this law in the name of pluralism and call it a “common good?” This shows an utter lack of faith. As St Paul says…
…we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
It shows a lack of trust that the Holy Spirit will give the clarity needed that will provide solutions to the problem of inequality and poverty without resorting to acts that offend Him.
Since they are so critical of the Church’s campaign against this law, where, if I may ask, was their criticism of the government’s scandalous 14 billion peso proposed budget allocation for the RH Law in 2012 on top of the 21 Billion being spent by the government for the same? I am also assuming that since Fr. Tabora, in his past blog, brought up social concerns like the typhoon Pablo victims and the denudation of forests, he would at least be moved to call the government’s attention to such wanton waste of limited funds that could be used to alleviate such problems… where? There has not been a whimper from them as to the credulity of such waste of money nor a mewl against
Could it be perhaps that there is some symbiotic relationship going on between the foreign NGO’s and their respective institutions? I wonder…
Fr. Tabora writes, “The Catholic Church is diminished if its bishops reduce it to a political party. The over-identification of the Church with particular political parties is historically inimical to the mission of the Church.” I agree with him but herein lies the farcical insinuation. There is no one political party that the Catholic Church associates with in this campaign! The Catholic church is partisan let there be no mistake but she is partisan to one thing and one thing alone, the common good of society as espoused in her social teachings especially those that concern life, marriage and family, the three principles that Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI termed, “not negotiable”, these are…
– protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;
– recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family – as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage – and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;
– the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
The Bishops, knowing that this battle is for souls, are not willing to compromise on this moral evil but I often wonder why Fr. Tabora seems to be willing to.