Manila (Agenzia Fides) – More than 77 Catholic organizations across the country have expressed their strong opposition to the divorce bill in the Philippines (identified as House Bill 7303). As Agenzia Fides learns, a forum of Catholic movements has drawn up a document entitled ”No to divorce: it is unconstitutional, it is contrary to Christian faith and is anti-family and anti-children”, by spreading it in schools, community parishes, associations.
The Philippine Constitution (article XV, section 2) states that ”marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and must be protected by the State”. The State, reads the document sent to Fides, ”has the task of protecting rather than weakening marriage as a social institution”.
In addition, associations note, divorce violates the Christian doctrine on the sanctity and indissolubility of marriage: ”Our current laws already allow marriage to be declared void or voidable. Cancellation is permitted under certain circumstances. With the annulment, we certify that there is no valid marriage, due to a psychological inability of the spouses to carry out marriage obligations; a condition which also existed at the time of marriage. In divorce, at the beginning there is a valid marriage, but because of one or more reasons, marriage breaks up”, explains to Fides Rey Cordero, a member of the Christian Family Movement. ”Marriage is not just a contract, it is a sacrament, it is a covenant before God. It is a sacred union between man, woman and God in order to establish a family”, he adds.
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