Dated 31 January 2011, the CBCP Pastoral Letter issued on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Church Hierarchy in the Philippines, formally exhorted the Catholic Faithful to: “Pray together, reason together, decide together, act together, always to the end that the truth prevail over the many treats to human lives and to our shared human and cultural values.”
The underlying reason behind the expressed CBCP exhortation is the disturbing conviction and posture of the present government in terms of the following basic thesis: Population is the underlying cause of poverty in the Country. More human lives are thus taboo. Reduction of population at all cost is wherefore a priority. Thus: The “Reproductive Health Bill” that precisely prevents human reproduction but promotes promiscuity, and that in effect undermines women’s health by anti-life chemical in-takes – courtesy of the Multinational Pharmaceuticals whose business is the manufacture and sell of contraceptives, and whose main preoccupation is profit. Ethics have no place in their agenda. Morals are irrelevant in their options.
The above cited “Together” vision-mission program recently called for by the CBCP – needless to say – primarily has the present national leadership in attention and projection. The key element therein is the call to “act together”. No. It is not a threat. It is simply an invitation for collective action when needed. It is neither a foreboding design. It is merely a reminder and recourse to the sovereignty of the people when required.
Thus it is that the signs of the times under the incumbent national leadership are neither that promising, much less that optimistic – after but a few months of governance. This is one big bad news. The growing perception of an incapable if not incapacitated present government is only good for revels and separatists – but bad for citizens desirous only of the triumph of truth, the emergence of justice and reign of peace in accord with their sound and solid value system, right ethical standards and proper moral principles.
What’s going on? Is it true that more and more people are dissatisfied with the nature and quality of their present government – notwithstanding all suspect surveys to the contrary? It is true that there are already groups of people now slowly by surely preparing for mass actions when called for – despite of all denials to the contrary specially by the beneficiaries of the incumbent leadership? It is true that even the CBCP stands ready to call for some kind of a repeat of EDSA 1 and EDSA 2 when eventually called for – for its exasperation in the kind of programs and priorities of Malacanang? What’s going on?
23 FEBRUARY 2011