It’s About Time The Government Free Itself From The Catholic Church

The Church has always been a major influence in shaping the Philippine government. Is it time it distance itself from the state?
posted on: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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The celebration of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Pride has just concluded last month. The LGBT community has always cried for gender equality and equal rights in marriage.

But I doubt it would be granted, as the Catholic Church still holds a significant power in influencing the laws passed in the Senate.

During the height of the RH (Reproductive Health) bill debate, many Catholic priests threatened the lawmakers who support the bill with excommunication. It was the Church’s way to disrupt the bill’s passage into law, citing the contents of the bill are immoral and against the teachings of the Church.

The Church temporarily succeeded. But, eventually, the state has proven it’s independence, capable of governing without the Church’s “guidance”. After in development hell, the RH bill has now become a law.

The Church, with it’s holier-than-thou appearance and its notoriety with urging it’s followers to vote for this guy and do this thing has always been the controlling freak since the Spanish era. It’s as if they are the real power behind the country and not the Philippine government.

Is it time the state free itself from the grip of the Church?

In the next coming bill, possibly the divorce bill and same-sex marriage, it is obvious that the Church would try to stop it again. These guys in the Church must be sexists, since the previous bill was about reproductive health, especially, women’s health, and now, implementing a divorce law would be a big help to wives being abused by their husbands. Yeah, there’s annulment, but it’s so expensive only those as rich as Kris Aquino could make use of it.

Until today, in the 21st century, the lawmakers are still afraid of padre Damasos and their great influence in manipulating the majority of the Filipinos. Being a Catholic country, the citizens have a high regard to those who sit in the Church, believing that the priests act as their conscience, that they’re infallible beings capable of flawless judgment.

How much do the people trust the Church?

If the priest says “vote for this politician”, would you?

If he says, “this bill shall not be passed”, would you go in a protest to stop it?

How much really is the Church’s influence to the Filipinos beliefs?

Its influence isn’t that great anymore as compared with the past decades. And with its decline, it’s definitely time for the state to gain complete independence, free from the dictatorship of the Church. Why?

Without the Church, the government can pass laws without any bias towards the interests of few individuals, and give equal treatment to all the religions in the Philippines, especially Islam. I’m not saying that the Church is evil.

Sure, it has helped shaped the nation to be a better place, but oftentimes, it crosses the line and play politics in its own hands. The people can become too dependent on the Church that they no longer follow their own beliefs and conscience.


Without the Church, do you think we can still function as a country?

I believe so.

We are a country of democracy, and it’s just right for us to believe in something without anyone dictating us. The Church can be a guide, but it is doesn’t mean their judgment is absolute.