Reproductive Health Bill debate: can a good Catholic remain good amidst a thousand condoms and pills?
May 25, 2011 7 Comments
Pro RH Bill Argument:
“If a Catholic member has a morally-formed conscience with regards to these issues, a thousand free condoms and contraceptive pills being dangled before him WON’T tempt him to make use of them. It is as simple as that for me. An analogy has been offered by my daughter: Why did God allow the existence of the Forbidden Tree in the Garden in the first place? Why did He only command Adam and Eve: “do not eat” of its fruit yet gave them free access and freedom to exercise their free will? God could just have very well PHYSICALLY prevented both of them easy access to it or installed formidable baricades around it.
A green leaf placed near a fire, can only resist the heat up to a certain point (when most of the leaf’s water content turns to vapor). Then the green leaf catches fire. A strong rock cliff facing the sea can withstand a strong wave or two. But after years of bombardment (we call this weathering), the rock cliff gets chipped here and there, then the cracks become bigger, until the rock splits into fragments. In the same way, if you flood a well-formed Catholic with condoms, he can resist the first assaults. But when the condoms become a common sight, and he sees little boys and girls blow them as balloons, he sees demonstrations in TV how to use condoms, he finds condoms available in toilets for Php 5, and everywhere he goes he sees couples copulate in in broad daylight, will the good Catholic still resist? And what if the woman that he likes approaches him, gives him a box of condoms as Valentine’s gift, kisses him, and takes off her clothes? If you are St. Francis, you shall jump into thorns. If St. Benedict, into snow. If St. Aquinas–you’ll grab a firebrand and chase the temptation away. But what if you are just an ordinary Catholic who goes to mass only during Easter andChristmas, and whose last Confession was 10 years ago, can you still resist?
Before his Fall, Adam has perfect control over his passions. This is called Original Justice. His nakedness and Eve’s nakedness does not incite malicious thoughts on him. When God placed the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden, Adam can perfectly control his desire for the fruit, so this is not a test of desire but of obedience. There is no need to put walls and barriers, because this is a test of free will to obey God, in order to merit eternal life for him, for Eve, and for us their descendants. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, he disobeyed God and this is Original Sin. As one of the consequences, Adam lost his perfect control over his passions and desires (c.f. concupiscence). So God knows that even if He forbade Adam to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, Adam will sooner or later eat the fruit. To prevent this from happening, God banishedAdam and Eve from the Garden and placed an angel to guard the gates of paradise. From this analysis, we see that since we are descendants of Adam and Eve who lost our perfect control over our passions and desires, despite having our Original Sin washed away by the waters of Baptism, then putting a temptation before us like free condoms would have a chance that we fall to the temptation. So the best way is to follow a way similar to what God did by putting a barrier between the condom and the man, by not making condoms more available, by stopping the passage of the RH bill.