Philippines: Wrestling between the State and the Catholic Church

Source: FSSPX News

The Catholic Church and the Filipino Ministry of Education have wrestled for several months over the installation of a sex education pilot programme in no fewer than 80 elementary schools and as many colleges.

After having assured the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that it would be consulted beforehand, the Ministry of Education back-pedalled and announced that although the Filipino bishops’ conference still remained “invited to dialogue on the subject,” the implementation of the programme would continue.

The bishops have long declared their opposition to this programme as well as to a group of measures planned by the government under the framework of a “reproductive health” policy, which measures they judge to be “against family” and “against life,” according to remarks made by their lawyer to Radio Veritas, a Filipino Catholic radio station. Notwithstanding the first rejection of a request for suspension of the programme by a court of Quezon City in the suburbs of Manila, the capital of the country, a legal action is still in process in order to slow down such attempts by the state in this still predominantly Catholic country.

Although the arbitration decision is highly anticipated in this controversy, the new president, Benigno Aquino III, who officially assumed office June 30th last, has not made his position on these issues known.

Sources : apic/media - DICI N°219 of July 24, 2010