Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Spirit & Life: Marriage and Family Life under attack in the Philippines: The Divorce Deception
The last country in the world
to completely outlaw divorce is the Philippines. Now, however, a new
bill, House Bill 6027, is threatening the sanctity of marriage and
family life by introducing divorce in a predominantly Catholic country
(86%), seeking to permit divorce in the broad and undefined cases of
"irreconcilable differences" or "severe and chronic unhappiness". This
is but the latest attempt by anti-family legislators to sponsor a
divorce bill, the last being in 2016.
The bill is being sponsored by House Speaker Pantaleon
Alvarez, who, is himself, separated from his wife and in a relationship
with another woman, and who has reportedly
fathered eight children with different women. Mr. Alvarez is not alone
in his assault against marriage and family life. He is joined by fifteen
members of the Philippine government who co-authored the legislation.
To many people in the West it must seem like this is a news
story from a far-off, more backwards time. Surely - some would say - in
the 21st century we're past letting the government restrict grown adults
from making decisions about their own "private" love lives.
And yet, though this attitude is far-too-common now, it is
truly astonishing to think how recent the invention of no-fault divorce
even is, and how recently the vast majority of people understood that
divorcing one's spouse was not only morally wrong, but socially
destructive, impacting not just the couple choosing to divorce, but the
entire social fabric.