Today’s Anti-RH Rally is a funny thing. If I read my news correctly, this was a retaliatory measure against the President’s suggestion that Responsible Parenthood would alleviate some of the country’s ills during his last State of the Nation Address. Archbishop Arguelles of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) claimed – to nationwide media, no less – that this was an open declaration of war against the Catholic Church. And even though the Palace clarified that there was indeed no such declaration made, the CBCP’s call to action just days after the SONA seems to imply that the church organization is attempting to strike back (pun unintended) at the President for his perceived offense.
Didn’t Jesus teach us to turn the other cheek when struck?
It’s a joke, people. Don’t take the comic too seriously.
I’m not going to pretend I’m a good, practicing Catholic (the CBCP’s actions ironically saw to it that I wasn’t), but I imagine that the good, Christian response to the address would have been “Oh, okay. I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m just gonna be here exercising my right to follow my religion’s moral ideals and not take the contraceptives you aren’t forcing me to take. I’m confident in my ability to keep the rest of the flock just as faithful as I am, so we won’t have any problems there. Have a good day, and God bless you.”
“Oh, and God bless all the mothers and their hungry babies, too.”