Monday, August 28, 2017

Spirit & Life: Marriage and Family Life under attack in the Philippines: The Divorce Deception

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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.

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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