MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Church in the Philippines is practicing a double standard when it tells the people to choose the country’s next leaders by following their conscience, but at the same time it tells them not to vote for those candidates that support the reproductive health (RH) bill, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said.
“On the one hand, [the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines] has said vote according to your conscience. On the other, it says it’s not moral to vote for people who support the reproductive health bill. There is a double standard here,” Bello said in a press conference.
“What is morally reprehensible is to keep the reproductive rights of Filipinas at the mercy of the Church’s political opinion,” he said in a separate statement.
Why does Development & Peace continue to fund a noted critic of the Filipino bishops? Is it proper for the Catholic Bishops of Canada to continue to fund the enemies of the Church in the Philippines?
Would the Canadian bishops appreciate the same treatment, if the shoe was on the other foot?
Would they appreciate it if the Filipino bishops took their sweet time in cutting the funding to these groups?
<Begin Sarcasm> Hey! If the Canadian bishops are going to start funding the critics of the Catholic Church, where’s the payola for me for all of my hard work? I don’t see why the Left should see all of the dough. </End Sarcasm>
p.s. Someone should tell Walden that one’s conscience must be properly formed according to Catholic moral principles and it cannot, obviously, contradict the natural law. It is not, as he suggests, something that is supreme and outside of the objective moral order.