Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Catholics for RH using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Catholics for RH using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Something diabolical is afoot: Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) is using Mary and the Holy Rosary to promote something which is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. I think they found a  mnemonic device: RH is Roproductive Bill, so HR is Holy Rosary. HR for RH. Sounds good, right? But alas, as the Holy Rosary and the Reproductive Health Bill are opposites that can’t be mixed, in the same way as one cannot mix water and oil.

Reproductive Health Bill is for contraception, but Mary is the Immaculate Conception. Contraceptives prevent conception; conception is the failure of contraception. Had Mary practiced contraception, we would not have Christ. The contraceptive mentality says:

“Mary, you are still young. A good life still awaits you. That child will prevent you from attaining that good life. You have a boyfriend, Joseph, an honest and just man.  You are already betrothed to him.  What will he say to you when he finds out that the child is not his?  He will despise you and leave you.  What will your parents and relatives say when they found you with child and Joseph divorced you, you will be despised by all.  Worst, they will hand you over to be stoned to death, according to the law of Moses.

And even if you and your child will escape death by stoning, you will have a hard life raising that child.  A Son of God?  That’s a ridiculous title?  No one will believe that.  Surely, you don’t believe that.  A prophet maybe, but not Son of God.  There is no precedence in history that God became man.  You are just deluding yourself that you are talking to an angel.  You fast too much that you began to see things that are not there.  Slap yourself in the face.  Maybe that would awake you to your senses.

Catholics for RH Bill poster

Catholics for RH Bill poster

But Mary said “No” to contraceptive mentality and “yes” to God.  And in doing so, she undid the disobedience of Eve, who took the fruit of disobedience in her womb, believing that she would be like God who can define what is good and what is evil.  Mary, said, “yes,” and the whole plan of salvation unfolded starting from her Immaculate womb:

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.

It is Mary’s openness to life that should serve as model for all women.  A married woman becomes open to life if she accepts whatever child God gives her as a gift to be treasured and cared for.  Because the child is so great a gift, a woman must prepare for such great responsibility, by not having intercourse outside of marriage.  Chastity is the path to marriage and modesty is the guardian of chastity.  As the Song of Songs says: “I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and hinds of the field, do not arouse, do not stir up love, before its own time.”

For the members of the Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH), if you still consider yourself Catholic, listen to what Pope Paul VI wrote in his encyclical Humanae Vitae:

Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good,” it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (18)—in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general. Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong.

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

12 Responses to Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

  1. Josemaria says:

    I Challenge Those Modernists to Publish their “HR for RH” Booklet to show Their True Colors!!!

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  3. Raymond St. Cyr Sr. says:

    Cafeteria Catholics don’t claim to understand better, they simply claim the right to disagree with being told what to do or else. Moreover, many have a strong sense of proprietorship and by staying, they are making a statement: it’s our Church too. As the saying goes, “You can take the man out of the Catholic Church, but you can’t take the Catholic Church out of the man.” There is no doubt that Catholicism no matter what your experience makes an everlasting impression on anyone raised in the faith. And for those who may reflect on some negative notes overall for 90 percent of Catholics or former Catholics whether they admit or not are better human beings today for having been or remain associated with the Catholic Church.
    At present, there is an emergent storm in the American Catholic Church. It pits the reformers against a conservative front. Conservative opinion is that those Catholics who dissent from Church teaching have already left the Church. If that is true or partially true, then the nearly 67.3 million Catholics in the United States in 2008 (23% of the U.S. population), and 1.07 billion Catholics in the world (17% of the population) is not a valid count of the Catholic population. The reality then would be that there are far fewer “real” Catholics in the United States. Because Catholic’s who choose to stay in the Church stay “as Cafeteria Catholic’s.” It is estimated that of the 67.3 million recorded Catholics in the United States that Sixty-eight percent or more and growing are in fact “Cafeteria Catholic’s.” In addition, an ABC Newspoll of American Catholics conducted by the Washington Post in April 2012 provided the following results: 60 percent believe priest should be allowed to marry. 60 percent feel women should be allowed to join the priesthood. And 62 percent feel the Church is out of touch.
    And indeed according to most surveys, about 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women use some type of contraceptive birth control. Polling also shows that more than two-thirds of all practicing Catholics believe you can still be a good Catholic if you practice contraception. The truth be know is that the faithful remain faithful indifferent to what they deem to be antiquated dictums. And as the women of the early Christian Church were a major factor in Church history so it remains today. A fact that many parish pastors will readily proclaim.
    For most, Christian’s it’s not about what some consider a few antiquated dictums or theology. With theology being defined as, “the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.” Theology in essence concentrates on the infinite, the eternal and the transcendent. But as most Catholic’s don’t live in that world for them, it’s not about multiple theories, endless debates and religious arguments.

  4. Tony Tan says:

    As Catholics we are to follow the doctrine of the Church which for 2000 years never changed. The Church doesnt need quantity but quality faithfuls. We cannot be cafeteria Catholics. Even if our mother Church will be left with ten faithfuls, she will still teach the same doctrine because she echoes the teaching of Christ. The word of Christ will never be antiquated. The teaching of the Catholic Church will never be affected by popularity or nor will it be subjected to expediency, modernism or liberalism. Please read Humanae Vitae, Evangelium Vitae and the teaching of our early church fathers. Conversion is the key here.

  5. dap-ay says:

    To the bigot writer, Mary was for Life. and the RH Bill protects life. Nowhere in the bill that says it allows abortion. Contraceptives like condoms prevent conception, so how could that be abortion? There are majority of you self-righteous bigots who preach that it is otherwise. Then go tell your priests to stop masturbating.

  6. dap-ay says:

    You are one lying bigot

  7. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Dap-ay,

    Contraceptives are not 100% effective. And when they fail, the sperm meets the egg, and a new human being is formed. Contraceptive pills prevent the newly formed human being to cling on the uterine walls and grow to a baby. So a new human being dies. That’s abortion. Also, if despite using condoms the woman gets pregnant, what will you do since you do not want the child? You abort it. There is a provision in the bill which says “the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.” This is one loophole that pro-abortion groups can use to decriminalize abortion.

  8. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Dap-ay,

    Bigotry is defined as follows: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. If you call me a bigot, then you may also be labeled by the same name. But I don’t call you a bigot. I call you by your name, “Dap-ay”. And I believe “Dap-ay” is a name for a sensible man who studies the issues in depth.

  9. Raymond St. Cyr Sr. says:

    The Church’s teaching states: “In contraceptive intercourse, the procreative or life-giving meaning of intercourse is deliberately separated from its love-giving meaning and is repudiated; the wrongness of such an act lies in the repudiation of this value.” There is a primary and secondary purpose of marriage. The primary purpose of marriage is the procreation of children. The secondary purpose of marriage is the mutual satisfaction of each partner’s needs. The Church believes that a husband and wife are designed to promote love (unity) and life (procreation). If that formula is altered or divided then the Church claims that sin enters the equation.
    The Church cites Experience, Natural Law, Tradition, and the Magisterium, which is the teaching authority of the Church “(or, more properly, indefectibility of the Church” as the power of authority. Having the power of such authority thereby validates their claims that all of these testify to the moral evil of Contraception. Furthermore, that In vitro fertilization, Artificial insemination and Surrogate motherhood are all morally evil. Catholic couples hearts and conscience remained conflicted. Many feeling the Church’s aim was to control and regulate their mutual love and desires. Even to the point were the majority of Catholics couples considered it a form of sexual oppression and expression.
    The truth is that married love, and human passion is too real, too strong, to be micro-managed from Vatican City, Rome. But Pope Paul VI was of a different conviction and shared his thinking on the subject. He warned, “Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificial birth control. Let them consider, first, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man growing used to the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion”(HV 17).
    Admittedly, there is truth to the above statement. However, the bedrooms beyond Vatican City are multi-dimensional, complex and regarded by the majority of Catholic’s to be off limits, “private do not enter.” A recent 2011 survey published in The National Catholic Reporter provides clear evidence on the views of Catholic America toward birth control. Of the eleven church teachings ranked in order of “very important” to Catholics, birth control did not make the list. That is not a surprise as that echoes and older Gallup Poll. In a March 2002 Gallup Poll, more than 65 percent of US Catholic women (since 1970), have consistently rejected the Vatican’s teaching on artificial birth control. Today that number is thought to be 97%.
    To state it another way, the Vatican is legislating and being followed by only 3% of American Catholic women’s consciences. That leaves 97% who have resolved the freedom of conscience struggle and crossed the Vatican’s picket line. Another reality is that 97% of Catholic women agree that it is not a sin against nature or that the conjugal act is “Intrinsically Evil” (Catechism of the Catholic Church ccc2370). Furthermore, they do not agree or believe that “Birth Control harms true love and denies the sovereign role of God in the transmission of human life”(Vademcum for Confessors2: 4. Feb.12, 1997.) It is clear that this issue along with others point to the obvious conclusion: The Church is now fast becoming the land of a new American Cafeteria Catholic Church.
    There is a reason 97% of Catholic women apparently agree with our Protestant brethren and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Our Protestant brethren revisited the former evidence that contraception is in direct conflict with God’s laws. Their conclusion was that in today’s social environment the evidence is no longer stands up. Unlike the Catholic tradition, the Eastern Orthodox Church does not discern a moral difference between artificial or natural birth control methods. They note that many Church Fathers, as well as the Pauline texts in the New Testament, do not strictly limit sexual intercourse to procreation; the Eastern Orthodox position is that sexual intercourse also constitutes an expression of love within the marriage contract. No official statement has been made on prohibitions for artificial contraceptives, while abortion, infanticide and permanent sterilization have been condemned. The Orthodox Church allows a married couple to make their own decisions on contraceptive use.

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  11. Pompeyo A Saulo says:

    May I suggest the following:
    check who their head is and their specific physical address. Then I urge the CBCP to write them a formal but fully respectful note that their position is contrary to the magisterial teaching of the Church and therefore sinful.
    Please give a copy of this note to all the media — print, radio,TV and online network.
    Maraming salamat po
    Pomping Saulo

  12. Christina says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article! Thank you for the courage to stand against the tide of darkness.

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