Philippine Idiocy, Continued

In the Philippines, where the Catholic bishops are engaged in a foolhardy, Quixotic fight against the government’s plans to reform the national reproductive health system by easing access to contraception for low-income families, their latest salvo is a highly offensive attempt to justify their stance by invoking the memory of the church’s historic role on the side of the poor and for justice,during the remarkable display of people power which unseated former President Marcos and his wife Imelda (and her famous shoes). The two issues are not comparable.

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John XXI: The Pope Who Promoted Birth Control, Abortion and Aphrodisiacs

I love the oddities that can be discovered in the lesser known corners of Church history. Peter of Spain has gone down in history as Pope John XXI, whose brief papacy (1276 – 77) ended when part of the ceiling of his library fell on his head. He is also the only pope placed by Dante in the third book, “Paradiso” of the Divine Comedy. (He placed in Inferno, or Purgatorio – which says something of his view of the papacy.)

 

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Condoms on the Bishops’ Doorstep: Phillippines

In their steadfast defence of Humanae Vitae, the Bishops of the world continue to ignore the plain evidence that the policy contradicts the recommendations of the papacy’s own commission, and is patently ignored by all but a tiny minority of the world’s married couples. Now, to make the point in a manner that the bishops would probably love to ignore but cannot, women in the Philippines have found a dramatic gesture to illustrate their views. They delivered condoms to the bishops’ door – and in traditional Catholic fashion, asked for them to be blessed!

They came bearing condoms

Members of a workers group Monday brought the condom debate to the doorstep of Catholic bishops, in a bid to convince the prelates that prophylactics protect the health of women. Read the rest of this entry »