“CONTRACEPTION is corruption.”
This was the battle cry raised by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas as he spoke before thousands of parishioners gathered in a Mass at the St. John’s Cathedral here last August 4.
“Contraception is the mother of abortion. Contraception makes sex pleasure cheap without responsibility. Contraception says babies and children are annoying. Contraception is contra youth. Contraception is contra children. Contraception is against us,” he said in during the prayer rally to oppose the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
Villegas also reminded his audience, particularly the youth, that their birth was not a mistake.
“Your birth was God’s gift to us your elders. You are not the problem. You are our blessing,” he said, adding that the problem is the corruption of the elders.
Villegas said he is against contraception because he is pro-child, pro-mother.
“Birth control, they say, means more food, more classrooms, more houses and better health for mothers. If more babies are the cause of poverty, are we now saying, ‘kung walang anak, walang mahirap?’ It does not rhyme because it is not correct. We can have more classrooms, more food, more jobs and more hospitals if we would be less corrupt. Send out the corrupt officials not the babies,” Villegas said.
The Catholic leader also defended that not controlling the population would contribute to the improvement of the economy.
“We want to be a tiger economy in Asia like our neighbor countries. What is a tiger without teeth? What is progress without giggling children? For whom do we envision progress—just for ourselves? What is victory at the expense of our immortal souls?”
Villegas has added his voice to the Catholic hierarchy’s stance against the RH bill although he is known to be close to the family of President Benigno Aquino III who, in his last State of the Nation Address in July, pushed for the passage of the RH bill.—Eva Visperas