Bishop Antonio Tobias celebrates Solemn Pontifical Mass in the convent chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Novaliches

On April 27, 2010, feast of St. Peter Canisius, His Excellency Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches, offered Solemn Pontifical Mass in the convent chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in his diocese. He was assisted by priests and brothers belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

This Mass is only the second Solemn Pontifical Mass to be celebrated by a Filipino bishop since September 14, 2007 (the first one had been offered by Bishop Camilo Gregorio of the Prelature of Batanes on September 14, 2008 — see this for a report on that Mass), and the first to be offered by a Filipino Ordinary in his own diocese since 1970.

Bishop Tobias had offered Solemn Pontifical Mass for the 2003 international colloquium of the Centre International d’Etudes Liturgiques in France, and a “Low Mass with Solemnity” last year, also in the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.

Source: Rorate Caeli

Can you raise good children and good families once the Reproductive Health Bill 5043 becomes law?

(Monkshobbit: I got this from an email)

The burning issues:

Fellow Filipinos, the biggest issue in the elections next month is the survival of the Filipino family.

Many senators and congressmen have been trying to pass the Reproductive Health Education bill, a bill that will only result in big profits for foreign drug manufacturers.

These foreign companies, with the help of supportive legislators, will change the way we raise our children and our families by passing the bill into law.

You be the judge:

  1. Will you allow your children ages 10 to 17 (grade 5 to 4th year high schol) to be given sex lessons in school, complete with vivid, explicit pictures, by male and female teachers, who will explain only the technical and biological techniques of sex, without the needed moral and religious guidance?  (Section 12, and Section 4-h of the bill)
  2. Do you want your teenage children (ages 12 to 17) to hunger for “satisfying sex” by using condoms and contraceptives because the bill, if it becomes law, will give them that right to have “satisfying sex” anytime they want to, and the law forbids the parents to stop them? (Section 4-c, 4-g, 4-h)
  3. If the bill becomes law, the government can punish you, as the parents, if you refuse to have your children be given the sex lessons in school.  Penalties range from jail terms of one to 6 months and/or a fine of P10,000 to P50,000.  (Sections 12, 4-h, 21-e and 22 of the bill).   Do you want this?
  4. If the bill becomes law, the people of all religions in the country (parents, teachers, priests, pastors, lay leaders and others) can be arrested if they oppose this law.  The same jail terms of one to 6 months, and/or fines of P10,000 to P50,000.  (Sections 12, 4-h, 21 and 22 of the bill)   Do you want this?
  5. If one of your children of minor age is subjected to child abuse, do you want the government to decide on its own what to do with him/her?   Without your parental consent?   (Section 21, a-3). Do you want this?
  6. If the bill becomes law, the wife can have a ligation, and the husband can have a vasectomy, without either’s consent.  The RH bill will legalize this betrayal of trust between spouses.  It will also punish the health worker, doctor or nurse who refuse to do this medical technique on the basis of no consent of the other spouse.  (Sections 21, a-2 of the bill.)     Do you want this?
  7. If you answer “NO” to any of these questions, find out who among the presidential, senatorial and congressional candidates have authored, sponsored or supported this RH Bill 5043, then make your decision whom to vote for.
  8. Remember, what is at stake here is the survival of the Filipino family — your own family and your children;s families.  Choose correctly your candidates.




Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace partners with Philippine Freedom from Debt Coalition to promote the Reproductive Health Bill

By Patrick B. Craine

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 22, 2010 ( – In October LifeSiteNews (LSN) revealed that the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), the Canadian bishops’ social justice arm, is partnered with a group in the Philippines – the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – that has pushed for the passage of a highly controversial “reproductive health” bill which has been strenuously opposed by the country’s Catholic bishops.

Now D&P has announced that they are making preparations to send a delegation of Canadian youth to the Philippines this August, in part to work with this same group.

Asked for comment, D&P’s executive director, Michael Casey, told LSN: “I’m sorry.  We don’t give interviews to LifeSiteNews.  Thank you.”  He then hung up.

D&P’s “young adult solidarity trip” aims to provide the young adults with “a personal experience of the reality of people in the Global South” and to help them “gain a perspective on what ‘development’ looks like on the ground by meeting a number of D&P Partners.”

The ten young adults, five anglophone and five francophone, will work with FDC as well as the Center for Environmental Concern-Philippines and Urban Poor Associates.  Applications for the three-week trip, open to D&P supporters aged 18-35, were due last week.

D&P’s website lists FDC as a partner and links to the group’s website, where evidence of FDC’s abortion advocacy is readily available.

Related Post:  Development and Peace Representative Admits Partner Pushes Contraception, Opposes Philippine Bishops (LifeSiteNews 26 April 2010)