Fr. James Reuters SJ in DZIQ: Pro-Reproductive Health teachers are free to go

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:17:00 05/17/2011:

MANILA, Philippines—Faculty members who support the Reproductive Health (RH) bill have no right to teach in Ateneo de Manila University, Jesuit priest James Reuter said, according to a Radyo Inquirer report aired Tuesday.

Reuter was quoted as saying that the RH bill violates what a Catholic institution like the Ateneo stands for, because he claimed the bill promotes abortion. He said the basic law in a Catholic school is simple: follow the rule of God.

He added that freedom of speech was not absolute.

The report said that Reuter had advised the Ateneo administration to investigate teachers supporting the bill.

In 2008, a group of professors from Ateneo de Manila University threw their support for the RH bill.

For the full radio report, listen to the DZIQ 990AM voice clip.—Danica Hermogenes,

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

9 Responses to Fr. James Reuters SJ in DZIQ: Pro-Reproductive Health teachers are free to go

  1. jun balansag says:

    wow, thanks fr. reuter sj. But apparently, u are the lonely voice in the wilderness.

  2. jose says:

    your sanctimonious fundamentalism makes me sick. your pride is like lucifer’s and even the devil can quote scriptures for its own purposes like what you’re doing…. you’re no better than the fundamentalist islamic Taliban in interpreting the holy scriptures…

  3. jose says:

    poor Fr. Reuter frothing at his mouth….

    where is your Christian Charity? he who had done no wrong cast the first stone…. and certainly your pride, your religious indignation (which borderlines on fundamentalism) really really turns off Catholics…. where is love your enemies if there is one? i think you’re too wrapped up with the Old testament rather than the new.

    obviously, the Philippine Church thinks it can get away with any hate speech just because it thinks the majority of the populace will tolerate it…

    If ADMU is a Catholic, then all Muslims must be banned from enrolling there,yes? or else Fr. Reuter’s pride-filled pronouncements is double standard.

  4. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    You, too, shall grow old and froth in your mouth.

    Charity demands that we speak the truth, even if truth hurts. If many Catholics leave because they cannot accept the teaching of the Catholic Church, then the Church will feel sad but cannot change Her teaching which was entrusted to Her by Christ. When Christ preached about about Himself who must be eaten in order to obtain eternal life, many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” ….As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” (Jn 6:60-66) That, too, was a big turn-off, but Christ did not change his teaching.

    Anyone can enroll in ADMU, but do not expect ADMU to construct a mosque or a hindu temple to accommodate all people. ADMU is a Catholic institution, so it must abide by the rules and teachings of the Catholic Church.

  5. jun balansag says:

    hi mr sugon, u made an apt reply re Jose’s wrath. I admire ur composure… more power.

  6. Rowel Allan Rocaberte says:

    This is good news! Now I can be at peace. A priest from the Ateneo spoke up. Thank you Lord for the grace you gave to Fr Reuter. May you always suffice him the grace he needs.

    Jesuits are papal. Hence, they must adhere to papal teachings.

    St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
    St Francis Xavier, pray for us.
    St Robert Bellarmine, pray for us.

  7. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    We also have to pray for Fr. Bernas, SJ. His thoughts on the RH bill are not in line with that of the Catholic Church.

  8. StScholastica says:

    In the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Ignatius, Fr. Reuter has taken a bold and controversial step. God bless you Fr.
    Here in the USA, we have Fr. Baker, a seemingly lone Jesuit who has strived and struggled to keep up with the true teachings of the RCC, and has fought for the restoration of the TLM.
    Viva Christo Rey!

  9. Roman says:

    I don’t approve, but he’s right. Ateneo’s a Church-run school, and while our government supports free speech, the school’s administrators (the Jesuits) have the final say on what happens in their school.

    Fr. Jim’s a wily one.

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