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The Rosary: breaking down barriers

In the Philippines, there have been repeated attempts since 1998 to pass the "Reproductive Health Bill" (RH Bill") that, in its various similar incarnations through successive Congresses, has sought to introduce the aggressive promotion of contraception and of liberal sex education as part of State policy, with no real exemptions for Catholic believers and institutions. The bill failed to pass due to the opposition of the Church and -- more importantly -- the opposition of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (president of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010), who for all her faults professed to be a devout Catholic. However, the accession of a new President who openly supports the RH Bill, the overwhelming support for it by the media and the new political establishment, the sudden rise of an unusually vicious form of anticlericalism in certain sectors of Filipino society and the general weakness and apathy of the Church in the Philippines mean that the Bill, after 12 years, is nearer than ever before to being passed.

(Those who want to know more about the bill and the Filipino Catholic resistance against it can read my blog on the matter: The Catholic Position on the RH Bill. The text of the bill can be found here. An article that gives an excellent overview of the bill and explores its legal implications can be found here.)

In response to this, the SSPX launched a rosary crusade on October 31, 2010, the Feast of Christ the King. DICI's article on this event, and the promotional video for the rosary crusade, can be found here. The SSPX Rosary Crusade seeks to collect 1 million rosaries between October 31, 2010 and January 16, 2011, third Sunday of January, which is marked in the Philippines as the Feast of the Sto. Nino (the Holy Child).

Amazingly, the SSPX Rosary Crusade has garnered the support of Archbishop Paciano Aniceto (head of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines) and of Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu. Both of them have appeared in promotional videos for the Rosary Crusade with priests of the SSPX. (Cardinal Vidal video; Abp.Aniceto video). Other videos promoting the Rosary Crusade against the RH Bill can be found in the Youtube site of the SSPX in Metro Manila.

Pray that the Philippines will not fall into the deadly trap of this bill!

Addendum (25/11/10): The Prayer Crusade is all the more necessary now that the Pope's words -- and the even worse interventions of Fr. Lombardi -- are causing immense damage to the pro-life movement in the Philippines. The media and members of Congress and the Presidential Palace itself are using the Pope's statement to aggressively push for condom use and artificial contraception, with little attention being paid to the pro-lifers' attempts at clarifying matters.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's the same in every country of the world these days, the battle between the moral and immoral people.

Cruise the Groove said...

I will certainly add my little rosaries for this extremely important intention.

It is wonderful to see and hear that episcopacy in the Phillipines is now supporting the FSSPX!
My, my, the Church in the Phillipines appears to be flourishing.

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"My, my, the Church in the Phillipines appears to be flourishing."

Ah, if only...

Cruise the Groove. said...

Mr Palad,

Would you not think it is a good thing that the Episcopate is backing the FSSPX in your great country?
This is most certainly a better situation in th USA where the bishops refuse to extend a Christian hand to the Society in almost every diocese.

M. A. said...

Wow! You mean there are bishops who do not consider the SSPX lepers?

I will add the intention to my rosary.

By the way, I hope ALL readers will in someway participate in the world-wide vigil for the unborn this coming Saturday.

Jacob said...

Cruise,

I think Mr. Palad refers to the largely ineffectual and compromised hierarchy that refuses to support such papal efforts as SP rather than the isolated acts of a few bishops.

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"Would you not think it is a good thing that the Episcopate is backing the FSSPX in your great country"

The cooperation between the SSPX and the CBCP's Commission on Family and Life is a good thing. My comment had to do with the "flourishing" part. This isn't the place for me to comment extensively on the Philippine ecclesiastical situation but in many areas of concern it is far worse than in many "secularized" Western countries. Jacob is also right regarding the bishops and SP.

Actually, the reason why some of the bishops are supporting the SSPX Rosary Crusade against the RH Bill is because the Philippine Episcopate itself couldn't and wouldn't come around to organizing its own. The Philippine hierarchy isn't even giving more than negligible support to the Pope's call for a Vigil for Nascent Human Life on November 27.

LeonG said...

Taken as a whole such papal comment was absolutely disgraceful. He must have known it would provoke contention just as many of his public actions do the like.

The Philippines will go the way of secular Europedom without Christ. Obviously without much help from Rome.

LeonG said...

Thanks be to God for the Confraternity.

Anonymous said...

Wow this is crucial! I will definitely offer up my rosaries that the new president will not make both his parents turn over in their graves by turning against his Catholic faith, advocating the prevention of life, and ultimately the destruction of the most defenseless human life. How sad that a man who boasted of carrying on the torch of his parents could single-handedly tear down everything they believed in.

Anonymous said...

@LeonG The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI like many other Catholics in the media, had his words taken OUT of context and construed into something else. Be careful my friend, especially when you read anything in the secular media aand ESPECIALLY when it concerns anything Catholic. I've witnessed first hand in the March for Life,the media outright LYING about the events that occurred in the Pro-life west coast march in San Francisco. As for the Pope's comments about condoms, please read BOTH sides of the story before you judge. This links provides a deeper explanation of the Pope's originally intended message. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1005201.htm