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CREATED FOR LOVE, CREATED FOR CHASTITY

 

A Pastoral Response to the Grave Evil of Pornography

Message

of the

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

on the occasion of the opening of the

Lenten Season 2016

 

Our brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

One of the astonishing revelations of the Gospel is that every human person is created for both human and divine love, because every human person is made for a Triune God who is infinite mercy and love: "God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life." This is our great vocation, to enjoy the friendship of God and of our neighbor, whether he is a friend or a stranger, in God.

 

In this life, we realize this call by growing in charity, the theological virtue that empowers and transforms us into the likeness of Christ himself so that we can love God, our neighbors, and ourselves, as God himself loves us. In the life to come, we will be perfected in this vocation when God so elevates us that we will be able to see him face to face. On that day when we directly experience God, "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1 Jn. 3:2). As Jesus Christ revealed through his life and especially through his death on the Cross, true and divine love is the sacrificial yet fruitful gift of self: "The clearest proof of the reliability of Christ’s love is to be found in his dying for our sake. If laying down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest proof of love (cf. Jn 15:13), Jesus offered his own life for all, even for his enemies, to transform their hearts."

 

Each of us is called by Christ to live and to experience and express this kind of self-less love: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24). Each of us is called to give himself away in service of God and of neighbor. This is the only road to authentic fullness and happiness: "Man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself."

 

As Pope St. John Paul II taught in his theology of the body, this God-given vocation to self-gift in communion is inscribed in our bodies as masculine and feminine: "The body, which through its own masculinity or femininity right from the beginning helps both to find themselves in communion of persons, becomes, in a particular way, the constituent element of their union, when they become husband and wife." Our bodies reveal that we come from another and were made for another. They reveal that our sexuality is a beautiful gift from God that is ordered towards the perfection of our vocation to love.

 

Created for Chastity

 

Because we are created for love, we are also created for chastity. Chastity involves "the successful integration of sexuality within the person." A chaste person masters his desires for sexual pleasure so that he can experience and live relationships that are true, good, and beautiful. Chastity helps him to recognize and to acknowledge the profound truth that our sexuality is ordered primarily to the love of husband and wife in marriage. It also affirms that every human person is made in the image and likeness of God and as such can never be used merely for our own sexual gratification.

 

"The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech."8

 

Chastity takes time to attain, and often, only after a struggle, but it is an integral and necessary ingredient of authentic love. As Pope Francis has emphatically taught: "All of us in life have gone through moments in which this virtue has been very difficult, but it is in fact the way of genuine love, of a love that is able to give life, which does not seek to use the other for one’s own pleasure. It is a love that considers the life of the other person sacred." Chastity demands self-mastery not in order to repress but to bring to perfection our ability to love truly as Christ himself loves us.

 

The Corruption and Evil of Pornography

 

Pornography "consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties." It includes visual images, written texts, and audio conversations, created to arouse the erotic desires of others.

 

Pornography is a grave evil that offends against chastity because it perverts and undermines the marriage act, the sexual intimate self-giving of husband and wife to each other, which should be enjoyed as a personal and private gift from God. It does grave injury to the dignity of all involved, performers, consumer, producers, and distributors, since each is dehumanized by an industry that exists solely to objectify persons for illicit profit.

 

 

First, pornography harms the performers in the sex industry, even when they have given their consent to their immoral activities. It reduces them from persons made in the image and likeness of God who have been created for love, into mere sexual objects who are bought, sold, and used by others for sexual gratification.

 

And in the process, it stunts their emotional development and wounds their hearts, making it difficult for them to enter into the life-giving relationships of mutual trust and respect for which they were made. Not insignificantly, sex performers also face physical harm, sex abuse, and sexually transmitted infections.

 

Next, pornography harms the consumer by sabotaging his or her ability to develop intimate and authentic relationships. It encourages men and women to objectify others so that they no longer see them as individually unique and valuable. It promotes and advances a distorted view of human sexuality, which is often linked to violence, abuse, and the victimization of others, especially of women. It makes consumers, slaves to lust, which is the "disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure."

 

Pornography is especially harmful for children and young people who are beginning to discover their vocation to love and to be loved, because it makes it difficult for them to enter fully into the self-giving relationship of mutual trust, sacrifice, and respect that is necessary for marriage. Empirical studies have shown that prolonged exposure to pornography in young people not only makes them cynical about love, marriage, and child raising, but is also correlated with high-risk sexual behaviors that put them at peril for sexually transmitted diseases.

 

In his Lenten Message for 2014, Pope Francis included pornography among the many vices that can damage the family: "How much pain is caused in families because one of their members — often a young person — is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography." Even the occasional use of pornography can lead to addiction, both of which can injure marriages and destroy families because they undermine the trust and exclusive intimacy that binds a husband and a wife together.

 

 

 

Finally, pornography corrupts its producers and distributors. It turns them into callous exploiters who take advantage of the emotional, psychological, and economic vulnerabilities of sex performers and consumers for profit and gain. It is particularly heinous when it makes them complicit in the crimes of child abuse and human trafficking. In the end, pornography blinds everyone to the true beauty and meaning of human sexuality.

 

For all these reasons, pornography is a grave evil that attacks and undermines not only the individual person but also the common good. As such, producing, distributing, and using pornography are serious sins against chastity and human dignity that need to be confessed to obtain God’s pardon and mercy. They are immoral and harmful not only in themselves, but also because they often lead individuals to commit other grave sins and even serious crimes that disturb the peace and unity of every society.

 

The Global Scourge of Pornography in the Philippines

 

It is a contemporary tragedy that pornography has become a pervasive social cancer, one that corrupts countless men, women, and children worldwide. It is a global scourge that has been fed by the rise of the Internet. Online, pornography is instantly accessible, apparently anonymous, and mostly free.

 

Data from a 2015 Study of World Internet Users and Population Statistics showed that there almost 3.3 billion internet users around the world (46% of the human population). In the Philippines, 47 million citizens (43% of the population) regularly use the web. Significantly, Filipino children are among the children in Asia with high access to the Internet: 82% of Filipino children use the Internet at least once a week, while 37% are online every day.

 

Given the all-pervasiveness of the Internet, it should not be surprising that pornography has invaded our homes, workplaces, schools, and churches. The Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) Study of Filipino Youth in 2013 has revealed that 56.5% of Filipinos aged 15 to 24 years old have been exposed to pornographic videos and movies, 35.6% have been exposed to sexually explicit reading materials, and 15.5% have viewed pornographic websites. These young people are the future husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, of our nation, whose capacity for self-giving love has been deeply wounded. Therefore, parents must be held responsible in monitoring and supervising their children’s access to the internet.

 

Internet pornography is a lucrative industry. Though precise statistics are unavailable, it is estimated that the global industry generates up to $100 billion every year. Alarmingly, the Philippines has become a major producer and distributor of pornography, especially of child pornography, where it is now

 

among the top ten countries for the production of online child pornography. One study has found that child pornography in our country is fueled by foreign and local perpetrators who are exploiting poor and vulnerable families and their children. These are Filipino children whose innocence has been consumed for the pleasure of others.

 

The Restorative Power of Jesus Christ, the Face of God’s Mercy

 

Many men, women, and children have been wounded and corrupted by pornography. They have discovered that the destructive effects of pornography on the soul are long lived and deep. The use of pornography, especially if it is addictive, is a common cause of shame and self-loathing. It wounds families, communities, and entire societies. It makes prayer difficult. Often, it is linked to other wounds, personal, psychological, and emotional, which together may seem insurmountable and unconquerable. However, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is called once again to affirm and to proclaim the healing power of Jesus Christ, who is the face of God’s mercy.

 

To those who have been exploited and victimized by the pornography industry, nothing that you have done to you can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus! (Cf. Rom. 8:35) You remain and will always be a cherished and beloved child of God created in his image and likeness.

 

The Father of Mercies is waiting to forgive and to heal the wounds in your heart so that you may discover and experience authentic love. To you, we the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines pledge that we will continue to work to eradicate the grave evil of pornography from our land. Thus, the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life is tasked to consider programs against the scourge of pornography.

 

To those who make and distribute pornography, you should heed the stark warning of the Lord Jesus: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matt. 18:6). However, this is the same Lord who instructed the Apostle Peter to forgive his brother not seven but seventy times seven times (Matt. 18:22).

 

God is calling you today to reject this industry of filth and corruption. No sin is too great to forgive, but with the help of grace, like the Prodigal Son, you must first come to your senses, arise, and return to the Father (cf. Lk. 15: 11-32). Repentance is an essential ingredient for receiving forgiveness.

 

To those who struggle with pornography, do not allow shame, fear, or pride, to prevent you from returning to God, the Father of Mercies, who loves you beyond all your other loves. The Gospel challenges all of us to live a life a chastity. Self-mastery is a long and exacting work that can become an especially difficult challenge in a culture saturated with sexual images.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church recommends several means to cultivate the virtue of chastity: self-knowledge, the practice of self-denial adapted to the situations that confront us, obedience to God's commandments, the exercise of the moral virtues, and fidelity to prayer.

 

Have recourse to the sacraments regularly, especially the sacrament of confession, to receive the strength and courage from God to help you in your trials. Entrust yourself to the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary, who have long been linked to the pursuit of holy chastity.

 

Finally, and most importantly, we are all called to rely on God’s grace and power to resist and to overcome sexual temptation so that we may imitate Jesus Christ who was perfectly chaste and perfectly pure. Chastity is a virtue that is perfected by God working with us and in us. It is God who will complete what he has already begun in us.

 

May Mary Mother of Life, Virgin Most Pure bring us to the heart of Jesus her Son who promised that the pure of heart will be able to see God!

 

 

From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

 

 

(SGD)+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines GIMUGNA ALANG SA GUGMA, GIMUGNA ALANG SA KAPUTLI

 

Usa ka Pastoral nga Pagtubag sa Grabe nga ka Pagkamadinauton sa Pornograpiya

Mensahe

sa

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

Sa higayon sa pagbukas sa

Panahon sa Kwarema sa 2016

Mga Igsuon namo dinha ni Kristo:

 

Usa sa mga makatingala nga mga pagpadayag sa Ebanghelyo mao nga ang matag tawo gimugna sa duha ka gugma, ang sa tawo ug ang sa Dios, tungod kay ang matag tawo gigama man alang sa usa ka Dios nga Tinulo nga nga walay kataposan nga kaluoy ug gugma: "Ang Dikos,tunhay nga hingpit ug bulahan sa iyang kaugalingon, sa usa ka laraw sa sa lunlon nga kaayo gawasnon nga nimugna sa tawo pagpapaambit kaniya sa kaugalingon niya nga bulahan nga kinabuhi.." Kini mao ang habog nato nga tawag pagdimdim sa panaghigala sa Dios ug sa silingan, o siya higala o siya usa ka langyaw, diha sa Dios.

 

Niining kinabuhia, atong maamgohan nga kining maong tawag nagtubo diha sa gugma, ang teolohikanhon nga mithi nga nagpagahom ug nagpausab kanato ngadto sa pagkasama ni Kristo mismo aron makahigugma kira sa Dios, sa mga silingan, ug kanato mismo, sama sa paghigugma kanato sa Dios Sa umaabot nga kinabuhi, hingpiton kita niinig maong tawag diha nga gibayaw kita sa Dios nga mahimo na kita nga inatubangay nag nagkita kaniya. Nianang mao nga adlaw nga laktod nga gisinati nato ang Dios, "mahimo kita nga sama kaniya makita man nato siya sa iyang pagkamao gayod" (1 Jn. 3:2). Sa gipadayag ni Jesukristo sa iyang kinabuhi ug labi na sa iyang kamatayon sa Krus, ang tinuod ug gugma sa Dios mao ang sakripisyohanon ug mabungahon gasa sa kaugalingon: "Ang pinakatin-aw nga pagmatuod sa pagka kasaligan sa gugma ni Kristo Makita sa pagkamatay niya alang kanato. Konb pagpakamatay alang sa mga higala mao ang pinakahabog nga pagmatuod sa gugma sa Dios (cf. Jn 15:13), si Jesus nihalad sa kaugalingon niyang kinabuhi alang sa tanan, bisan sa kaaway, pagpausab og mga kasingkasing."

 

Matag usa kanato gitawag ni Kristo pagkinabuhi ug pagsinati ug pagpadayag niining mao nga matang sa manggihatagong gugma: "Ang buot mahimong akong tinun-an kinahanglan nga hikalimtan niya ang iyang kaugalingon, pas-anon niya ang iyang krus, ug mosunod siya kanako" (Matt. 16:24). Matag isa kanato gitawag paghatag sa kaugalingon pag-alagad sa Dios ug silingan. Kini ang bugtong nga dalan sa matuod ug hingpit nga kalipay "Ang tawo nga bugtong linalang sa yuta nga gimugna sa Dios alang sa kaugalingon dili hingpit nga makakita sa kaugalingon gawas sa paggasa sa kaugalingon."

 

Sa gitudlo ni San Juan Pablo Dos sa Teolohiya niya sa Lawas, kining maong hinatag sa Dios nga tawag sa paghalad sa kaubalingon diha sa kaambitan gikulit sa atong mga lawas isip lalake ug babaye: "Ang lawas nga sa kaugalingon niya nga pagkalalake ug babaye gikan gayod sa pagsugod nagtabang sa duha pagkaplag sa ilang kaugalingon diha sa kaambitan isip mga tawo, mahimo, sa particular nga paagi ang naglangkob nga kabahin sa ilang paghiusa, diha nga nahimo sila nga bana ug asaw." Ang atong mga lawas nagpadayag nga kita naggikan sa lain ug gigama alang sa lain. Nagpadayag sila nga ang atong seksuwalidad usa ka maanyag nga gasa gikan sa Dios nga gihan-ay alang ngadto sa paghingpit sa atong tawag ngadto sa gugma.

 

Gimugna alang sa Kaputli

 

Tungod kay gimugna kita alang sa gugma, gimugna usab kita alang sa kaputli. Ang kaputli naglambigit sa "ang malmpuaon nga pagtibuok sa seksuwalidad ug sa salabuton sa sulod sa tawo." Ang putli nga tawo nagbuntog sa iyang pangandoy kagana nga seksuwal aron makasinati siya ug makakinabuhi og mga pagdugtongay nga matuod, mayo ug nindot. Ang kaputli nagfabang kaniya pag-amgo ug pag-ila sa kawom nga kamatuoran nga ang atong seksuwalidad gihan-any nag-una sa gugma sa bana ug sa asawa dinha sa kaminyuon. Nagpatino usab kini nga matag tawo gigama dinha sa larawan ug sa kasamahan sa Dios ug sa ingon niini dili gyod gamiton alang lamang alang sa kaugalingon nato nga mga katagbawan nga seksuwal.

 

"Ang putling tawo nagpapabilin sa katibuok sa mga gahom sa kinabuhi ug sa gugma nga gipahamutang dinha kaniya. Kining mao nga katibuok nagpasalig sa kahiusa sa tawo: batok kini sa matag unsa nga binuhatan nga magpaluya niini. Wala kini magpatugot og tagurhaan nga kinabuhi ni panglimbong dinha sa pinulongan."8

 

Ang kaputli nagkinahanglan og panahon pagkab-ot, ug sagad human sa usa ka pagbisog, apan kini usa ka pangtibuok nga bahin sa matuod nga gugma. Si Papa Francisco himug-at nga nitudlo: "Tanan kita nakapalabay og mga gutlo diin kining mao nga mithi lisod kaayo nga bansayon, apan sa kamatuod kini ang dalan sa matuod nga gugma, sa usa ka gugma nga makahatag og kinabuhi, nga ala mangita paggamit sa lain alang sa kaugalingon nga kalipay. Usa kini ka gugma nga nag-isip nga balaan ang kinabuhi sa lain nga tawo.." Ang kaputli nangayo og pagpugong sa kaugalingon dili aron pagsanta kondili arong pagpahingpit sa katakos sa matuod nga paghiguma sana sa paghigugma ni Kristo kanato.

 

Ang Kadunot u gang Kadaotan sa Pornograpiya

 

Ang pornograpiya "gilangkob og pagwala sa matuod o giawat-awat nga mga buhat nga seksuwal gikan sa pagkalambigit sa mga kapares aron pagpakita niini nga tinuyo ngadto sa lain nga mga tawo. Naglakip kini og mga makita nga mga larawan, mga sinulat, ug mga mabati nga panagtabi, nga gimugna aron pagpukaw og mga tinguha nga pangkinatawo sa uban.

 

Ang Pornograpiya usa ka bug-at nga daotan nga nagasamad sa kaputli kay nagtuis ug nagsabotahe kini sa buhat nga ilaha sa mga minyo, sa isigsandurotay nga pag-isghatagay sa usa’g-usa sa bana ug asawa, nga sarang nila ikalingaw isip pesonal ug ilaha lamang gyod nga gasa gikan sa Dios. Bug-at kini nga nagasamad sa kahalangdon sa tanan niadtong nalambgit niini, ang mga nagabuhat, ang mga nagapagula, ang mga nag-apud-apod, kay sila gipakaulawan sa usa ka patigayon nga naghimo lamang sa tawo nga butang ug himan sa kriminal nga kinitaan.

 

 

Una, ang Pornograpiya nanagdaot sa mga nanagbuhat sa patigayon sa sekso, bisan kon nagpatugot sila sa mahilas nila nga mga binuhatan. Nagpakubos kini kanila gikan sa pagka usa ka tawo nga gihimo sa larawan ug kasamahan sa Dios, nga gimugna alang sa gugma, ngadto sa mga butang lamang sa kinatawo nga ginapalit, ginabaligya, ug ginagamit sa uban alang sa katagbawan sa kinatawo.

 

 

Ug sa paghimo niini, nagsumpo kini sa paglambo sa pagbati ug nagasamad sa ilang mga kasingkasing, nga naghimo nga maglisod sila pagsulod ngadto sa maghatag og kinabuhi nga pagdugtongay sa pag-isigpagsalig ug pagtahod nga alang niini gimugna sila. Dili minos kahinungdanon, ang mga nanagbuhat niini nag-atubang usab og kadaot sa lawas, panamastamas sa kinatawo ug sa mga sakit nga mapadala sa kinatawo.

 

Sunod, ang Pornograpiya nanagdaot sa mga nanaggamit niini pinaagi sa pagsabotahe sa iyang katakos sa pagsulod sa usa ka suod ug matuod nga pagdugtongay. Nagdasig kini sa mga tawo, lalake ug babaye paghimo nga kabtangan sa uban nga dili na sila maglantaw kanila isip may ilaha ra ug bililhon nga pagka mga tawo. Naglambo kini ug nag-uswag og usa ka balit-ad nga paglantaw sa kinatawo sa tawo, nga sagad giuban og kabangis, panamastamas, ug sa pagpaangin sa uban, labi na sa mga babaye. Naghimo kini sa mga naggamit niini nga mga ulipon sa kaulag, nga mao ang walay kahan-ayan nga pangandoy, o naghingapin nga kagana sa pagpalingaw sa kinatawo."

Ang Pornograpiya pinatuyo nga makadaot sa mga bata ug sa mga batan-on nga nagsugodsugod pagkaplag sa tawag ngadto sa paghigugma ug nga sila higugmaon, kay naghimo kini nga lisod alang kanila sa pagsulod nga hingpit sa pagdugtongay nga nag-sighatagay ug nag-isigsaligay, ngadto sa paghalad, ug pagtahod nga gikinahanglan sa kaminyuon. Ang pagdukiduki sa mga katinoan nagpadayag nga ang gidugay nga paglantaw sa pornograpiya diha sa mga batan-on dili lamang naghimo kanila nga matahapon sa gugma, sa kaminyuon, ug sa pag-alima og bata, kondili pamares usab kini og binuhatan sa kinatawo nga dagko og kadaotan ug kahayan nga makaangkon og mga sakit nga mapadala sa kinatawo.

 

 

In his Lenten Message for 2014, Pope Francis included pornography among the many vices that can damage the family: "How much pain is caused in families because one of their members — often a young person — is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography." Even the occasional use of pornography can lead to addiction, both of which can injure marriages and destroy families because they undermine the trust and exclusive intimacy that binds a husband and a wife together.

 

 

 

Finally, pornography corrupts its producers and distributors. It turns them into callous exploiters who take advantage of the emotional, psychological, and economic vulnerabilities of sex performers and consumers for profit and gain. It is particularly heinous when it makes them complicit in the crimes of child abuse and human trafficking. In the end, pornography blinds everyone to the true beauty and meaning of human sexuality.

 

For all these reasons, pornography is a grave evil that attacks and undermines not only the individual person but also the common good. As such, producing, distributing, and using pornography are serious sins against chastity and human dignity that need to be confessed to obtain God’s pardon and mercy. They are immoral and harmful not only in themselves, but also because they often lead individuals to commit other grave sins and even serious crimes that disturb the peace and unity of every society.

 

The Global Scourge of Pornography in the Philippines

 

It is a contemporary tragedy that pornography has become a pervasive social cancer, one that corrupts countless men, women, and children worldwide. It is a global scourge that has been fed by the rise of the Internet. Online, pornography is instantly accessible, apparently anonymous, and mostly free.

 

Data from a 2015 Study of World Internet Users and Population Statistics showed that there almost 3.3 billion internet users around the world (46% of the human population). In the Philippines, 47 million citizens (43% of the population) regularly use the web. Significantly, Filipino children are among the children in Asia with high access to the Internet: 82% of Filipino children use the Internet at least once a week, while 37% are online every day.

 

Given the all-pervasiveness of the Internet, it should not be surprising that pornography has invaded our homes, workplaces, schools, and churches. The Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) Study of Filipino Youth in 2013 has revealed that 56.5% of Filipinos aged 15 to 24 years old have been exposed to pornographic videos and movies, 35.6% have been exposed to sexually explicit reading materials, and 15.5% have viewed pornographic websites. These young people are the future husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, of our nation, whose capacity for self-giving love has been deeply wounded. Therefore, parents must be held responsible in monitoring and supervising their children’s access to the internet.

 

Internet pornography is a lucrative industry. Though precise statistics are unavailable, it is estimated that the global industry generates up to $100 billion every year. Alarmingly, the Philippines has become a major producer and distributor of pornography, especially of child pornography, where it is now

 

among the top ten countries for the production of online child pornography. One study has found that child pornography in our country is fueled by foreign and local perpetrators who are exploiting poor and vulnerable families and their children. These are Filipino children whose innocence has been consumed for the pleasure of others.

 

The Restorative Power of Jesus Christ, the Face of God’s Mercy

 

Many men, women, and children have been wounded and corrupted by pornography. They have discovered that the destructive effects of pornography on the soul are long lived and deep. The use of pornography, especially if it is addictive, is a common cause of shame and self-loathing. It wounds families, communities, and entire societies. It makes prayer difficult. Often, it is linked to other wounds, personal, psychological, and emotional, which together may seem insurmountable and unconquerable. However, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is called once again to affirm and to proclaim the healing power of Jesus Christ, who is the face of God’s mercy.

 

To those who have been exploited and victimized by the pornography industry, nothing that you have done to you can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus! (Cf. Rom. 8:35) You remain and will always be a cherished and beloved child of God created in his image and likeness.

 

The Father of Mercies is waiting to forgive and to heal the wounds in your heart so that you may discover and experience authentic love. To you, we the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines pledge that we will continue to work to eradicate the grave evil of pornography from our land. Thus, the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life is tasked to consider programs against the scourge of pornography.

 

To those who make and distribute pornography, you should heed the stark warning of the Lord Jesus: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matt. 18:6). However, this is the same Lord who instructed the Apostle Peter to forgive his brother not seven but seventy times seven times (Matt. 18:22).

 

God is calling you today to reject this industry of filth and corruption. No sin is too great to forgive, but with the help of grace, like the Prodigal Son, you must first come to your senses, arise, and return to the Father (cf. Lk. 15: 11-32). Repentance is an essential ingredient for receiving forgiveness.

 

To those who struggle with pornography, do not allow shame, fear, or pride, to prevent you from returning to God, the Father of Mercies, who loves you beyond all your other loves. The Gospel challenges all of us to live a life a chastity. Self-mastery is a long and exacting work that can become an especially difficult challenge in a culture saturated with sexual images.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church recommends several means to cultivate the virtue of chastity: self-knowledge, the practice of self-denial adapted to the situations that confront us, obedience to God's commandments, the exercise of the moral virtues, and fidelity to prayer.

 

Have recourse to the sacraments regularly, especially the sacrament of confession, to receive the strength and courage from God to help you in your trials. Entrust yourself to the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary, who have long been linked to the pursuit of holy chastity.

 

Finally, and most importantly, we are all called to rely on God’s grace and power to resist and to overcome sexual temptation so that we may imitate Jesus Christ who was perfectly chaste and perfectly pure. Chastity is a virtue that is perfected by God working with us and in us. It is God who will complete what he has already begun in us.

 

May Mary Mother of Life, Virgin Most Pure bring us to the heart of Jesus her Son who promised that the pure of heart will be able to see God!

 

 

From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

 

 

(SGD)+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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Entrustment of My Priests to the Virgin of the Cotta

Homiliya sa Pangilin sa mga Payag - 2015

Seminary Assignments Scores

Pope Francis on the Priesthood

Pope Francis on the Priesthood - 2

A Study on   Pope Francis Comments on Baptism.  for Priest Meeting June 2015

The Jubilee of Mercy: For June 2015 Priests' Meeting

Catechesis on the Encyclical Letter on Human Life

As guardians rather than owners of the Church’s doctrines, the popes are simply unable to alter the Church’s stand on such topics as abortion, contraception, divorce, or women’s ordination.

When Pope Paul VI dramatically reaffirmed this teaching through his Encyclical Letter on Human Life in 1968, clearheaded commentators saw that far more than the issue of contraception was at stake. The whole body of Catholic teaching on the nature of the human person, of the one-flesh communion of spouses in marriage, and of the meaning of human embodiment in relation to questions of, for example, homosexual conduct and relationships, monogamy, and marital fidelity and indissolubility was on the line.

The Pope’s encyclical deserved the courtesy of a reading. He incurred the wrath of the theologians who promptly placed a full page ad telling all that they disagreed with the Pope and individuals could believe THEM and not worry about it. None of them had even read it yet.

Because of so much noise about the RH Bills at the present time (towards the end of 2010) this has been updated today, November 17th, 2010.

Due to inadequate teaching from us on this all important matter, I am giving a series of catecheses on Pope Paul the VI's Encyclical Letter on Human Life: .
Teachings of Humanae Vitae Ang Gitudlo sa Humanae Vitae
  1. Pope Benedict the Sixteenth on the Word of God and Human Ecology from his Christmas Talk to the Roman Curia in 2008
  2. Towards a Culture of Life

  3. Origins of RH Bills in the Philippines - 1

  4. Origins of RH Bills in the Philippines - 2

  5. Origins of RH Bills in the Philippines - 3

  6. Origins of RH Bills in the Philippines - 4

  7. No Communion for Public Backers of RH Bills

  8. To Read Humanae Vitae with an Open Mind

  9. Prophesies of Pope Paul the Sixth

  10. The Pill and Humanae Vitae

  11. Body Language in the Marital Act

  12. Protestants drop the Common Teaching

  13. The Pope’s Mission to Teach on the Matter

  14. Attempts of Some to Subvert the Teaching

  15. Entrance of the Pill into the Debate

  16. Nature of the Marital Act

  17. Participation in Creation by the Marital Act

  18. False Propaganda on Condom and AIDS

  19. Pope Paul the Sixth’s Predictions Validated

  1. The "Scare Tactics" of Overpopulation

  2. The Mockers of Humanae Vitae Are Running Scared

  3. Dire Consequence of Ignoring Church Teachings

  4. Natural Family Planning (NFP)

  5. Marital Act, an Image of the Trinity

  6. Contraception and Denial of Communion

  7. Pope Benedict the Sixteenth on Humanae Vitae

  8. Contraception Leads to Abortion

  9. Contraception and the Theology of the Body

  10. Contraception and the Ecology of Man

  11. Gender Identification and Procreation

  12. Contraception and Same Sex Orientation

  13. A Witness to Humanae Vitae Writes

  14. Artificial Contraception

  15. Contraception and Condoms

  16. Pope Benedict the Sixteenth on the Use of Condoms

  17. Vigil for Life with the Holy Father  - 3

  18. Vigil for Life with the Holy Father  - 2

  19. Vigil for Life with the Holy Father - 1

Catechesis on the Real Presence (in English and Cebuano)

 

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Catechesis on Confession (in English and Cebuano)

Catechesis on Gay Relationships in English and Cebuano

Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 33: To Teach the Truth
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 32
: CLAIMS vs. the EVIDENCE - 2
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 31:
CLAIMS vs. the EVIDENCE
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 30: A Caveat on the Moves for Accepatability of Gays
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 29: A number of claims have become central 
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 28: The Church will not give up its defense of marriage
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 27: The Homosexually Oriented Person and the Church
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 26: Marriage is a normative social institution
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 25: Marriages and same-sex unions are fundamentally different 
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 24:
long-term approach of teaching one's children
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 23: roots of same-sex attractions
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 22: no one can carry homosexual baggage across the seminary threshold
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 21: active roles in promoting the "Gay Revolution
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 20: Can celibate homosexuals be ordained -- yes or no?
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 19: The celibate priest
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 18: Just how widespread is homosexuality among the clergy?
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 17: the scandal involving homosexual priests
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 16: new document on admitting "homosexuals" to the seminary
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 15: Vatican Published a Document on Homosexual Unions
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 14: Homosexuality is behavior that is damaging to individuals, to families and to society
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 13:
not so much a contradiction as a difficult path to follow
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 12: responsibility to preach the truth about the evil of constituting men sodomizing each other as "a marriage" 
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 11:
"love the sinner, hate the sin" 
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 10:
we call homosexual behavior a sin
Catechesis on Gay Relationships -  9: sodomy is one of the sins that "cry out to heaven"
Catechesis  on Gay Relationships - 8: emphasize the basics
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 7: communicate positively the Church's teaching
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 6: the story of Sodom
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 5: it's possible for those with same-sex attractions to change, despite agenda-driven ideologies that state the opposite
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 4: reject pedophilia, fornication and homosexuality, abortion, and infanticide
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 3 gay marriage revives what was a popular pagan practice
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 2: "Homophobia"
Catechesis on Gay Relationships - 1: homosexual activity is unnatural and gravely immoral

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