Intellectual dishonesty and moral cowardice

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IT TAKES guts to be a Catholic nowadays.

Many Filipinos are abandoning religion; they no longer see Catholicism, or any religion for that matter, as something relevant today. They have become “superior beings” who ungratefully attack the Catholic Church, claiming it hinders prosperity.

Such phenomenon is evident in the debate over the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill, which seeks billions in public funds for a massive contraception and population control program in the guise of reproductive health.

The debate has piqued the interest of many Filipinos, particularly the youth.Unfortunately, it also attracted bandwagon riders, who have nothing but poor rhetorics and fake hero-capes to boost their ego in the guise of contributing to the debate. They don’t bother to analyze the bill as long as they side with the popular, the charismatic, and the “enlightened” such as the Jose Rizal-wannabe Carlos Celdran whose idea of heroism is to make a scene in the middle of a Mass in the Manila Cathedral

When the Varsitarian released its fourth issue bannering the headline “Kontrasepsiyon ay Korupsiyon,” it drew the ire of many, especially those from UST (students and alumni alike).

One Thomasian Facebook user even commented on the Varsitarian’s front page photo online, saying “another biased article from the Varsitarian. Puro literary at opinion lang. Thomasians for RH!” His profile cover photo shows him smirking at UST’s pro-life poster and blatantly mocking it with a caption: “How come there wasn’t any survey conducted to get the side of the Thomasian Community?”

Such arrogance! He, along with other UST students and alumni who are attacking their Alma Mater for its stand on the RH bill, has no right to call themselves full-blooded Thomasians. How can you laud something that is proven harmful? Fool-blooded Thomasians would be more fitting.

Meanwhile, professors from Ateneo de Manila and La Salle recently threw their support behind the RH bill in separate position papers. What purpose, I wonder, does this action of them serve—aside, of course, from publicity and scandal? These professors wanted nothing more but to flaunt their “bravery” by supporting something the Catholic Church heavily opposes.

And when these professors finally got the attention they were desperately seeking—from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines who reminded them that they are teaching in Catholic institutions and should thus not use their Catholic credentials to contradict the Church—they protested their “persecution.” The cry-babies invoked their academic freedom, which merely betrayed their intellectual dishonesty: they showed that they had applied for teaching positions in high-tuition-charging elite universities in order to earn high salaries, nothing more, nothing less, without regard for the nature and function of Catholic education.

The Ateneo and La Salle faculty cheering squad for RH didn’t have any awareness that teaching in a Catholic institution goes with it the responsibility to uphold Catholic teachings that are espoused by the bishops, who are the magisterium or the successors of Christ’s apostles and therefore the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. They seem oblivious to the fact that over and beyond academic freedom, which they invoke for self-serving ends, the Catholic school exists for evangelical purposes, and if they don’t agree with these, then they’re free to leave.

By supporting the RH bill and attacking the Church—and by staying put in their faculty positions, clinging to them like leeches—the Ateneo and La Salle professors don’t have the courage of their intellectual conviction. They’re cowards.

So what are these professors teaching their students? That it is OK to bite the hands that feed you and get away with it? Why do these professors even have the gumption to walk in the hallowed groves of the Catholic academe with their poses to mask their intellectual pretensions and moral cowardice?

Church law mandates universities vested with Catholic titles not only to adhere to Church teachings but also ensure that its teachers do the same, so that gives university administration to dismiss them.

There was nothing wrong (as far as freedom of expression is concerned) with their individual support for the bill. But it was a different story when they maliciously used the name of Ateneo and La Salle for their foolish crusade, deluding people into assuming that these Catholic institutions are actually for RH bill.

The 190 Ateneo professors claim that artificial contraception is the solution to “high maternal mortality ratio, rise in teenage pregnancies, and increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases,” while the 45 professors from La Salle said artificial contraceptives are needed to deal with population growth “to improve the quality of life.”

What is more upsetting is that these students and professors belong to respected universities, but they are promoting either stupidity or malice as seen in their separate statements.

Experts, including doctors, economists, and lawyers, have constantly warned that contraception has been proven to increase cancer risks and other diseases; curbing population may halt the country’s economic growth; and existing laws already cover family planning programs and maternal health.

But no amount of explanation will ever convince RH lobbyists, for they are either stupid (for not knowing the harm RH bill will bring) or malicious (for being aware of the harm but still supports the bill to satisfy their selfish interests).

It’s simple really. If they feel like they are being shackled and constrained, they should leave their institution as soon as possible.

Indeed, it’s hard to be a Catholic today. You’re always seen as old-fashioned—someone who hinders prosperity. To remain a Catholic, one must have the courage and the inner strength to endure criticisms and stand against the intellectually pretentious and the morally bankrupt.

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Being a Tomasino and a Freethinker

A true Tomasino has a gut to say his opinions freely, a person who thinks intellectually (As Carlos Celdran says "I have the highest respect for Atheist because I believe they are the bravest people in the world") and be a moral example to everybody. I'm a Thomasian student and a Freethinker and there is a growing percentage of the Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist.... etc. not only in UST but in other areas of the Philippines too. As I can see in your article is that you are merely bashing other beliefs, opinions and even other universities for not supporting the RH bill.

May I ask if have you already read the bill? And where did you get these statement:

"Experts, including doctors, economists, and lawyers, have constantly warned that contraception has been proven to increase cancer risks and other diseases; curbing population may halt the country’s economic growth; and existing laws already cover family planning programs and maternal health."

This is a questionable paragraph since it's a "Reproductive Health" and it's purpose is to give women a heathy option.

Please be an example of a Thomasian and not an example of a Hypocrite catholic person.

Why people are in UST

This is simple, really.

When people go in UST, they do not sign or attest to going against the RH Law. They go there to learn in the courses they are enrolled in. They enroll in their respective departments to learn what those departments offer, not to be indoctrinated by what qualifies as Catholic opinion.

Therefore, you have no right whatsoever to call these 'Fool-blooded Thomasians' as such, for two reasons. One, less importantly, your condescension makes these people who stand up to their beliefs, makes them look like fools.

Second, and the more shocking, is this. At least these people have guts to stand up to what they know is right, to stand up to what they discern is right.

Standing up to a doctrine is indeed easy, just look at NoKor. Standing up to one's own is harder.

Full Blooded Thomasians...

Full Blooded Thomasians are those who know how to think, what to weigh and choose things and stand up for their own idea. Studying in a Catholic University does not mean standing up for a principle that the Church is imposing, it is using our education, considering church principles and giving importance to our own value judgement.

for the sake of Catholic Truth

i am an alumnus of DLSU and i was a faculty there also for more than 12 years. yet, the priests of the OP that comprise the administration of UST have just captured my utmost reverence. i salute them and i salute the editorial staff of the Varsitarian for standing up for Catholic Truth! keep up the good work. i pray that you remain steadfast in your advocacy and loyal to the Magisterium of the Church. if a Catholic cannot accept in full the doctrine of the Catholic Church, then he/she is free to leave. it is that plain and simple. we just cannot remain 'Cafeteria Catholics' as that is contrary to what Catholicism is all about.

damnablepoliticians

Many times we unconsciously jeopardize Christianity by expressing words against the will of Christ. Love is crucial in the context of conflicting views with regard to RH bill and the church authority extended even to universities of Catholic. In the love of Christ there is room for "everyone"; therefore in this context of love lies our responsibility to welcome the other before the evangelizing process takes place. We can never persuade anyone if in the first place there is no love within our words and actions. Let us cultivate truth not just in authority, science and
religion but in all the rationalities within the modern world. It takes time"

Hypocrisy or Journalism?

This is just one example of poor journalism nowadays. We go back again to Journalism 101..Presenting two sides of the story seems very appropriate considering that you represented or perhaps posted this article in a school paper. Yes you have all the rights to express your opinion but that ends where you strike down the opinion of others as if what you believe is the correct truth. Two sides of a story, remember? Your damning everyone who contradicts what you believe in, and you presented it not in a factual way nor constructive, rather vindictive. Maybe reevaluating your "journalist" way might be a good idea on how you attack issues, because I could dare say today that journalist say more than they should have or makes a drama out of the story, thus causing unwanted reactions from audience.

It's hard to be a catholic these days?

Try being moslem. Let's see if you can deal with even half of what they go through these days.

Hope you didn't break your arm too much from patting yourself in the back by claiming you've got "guts".

The tell-tale signs of religious extremism? Demonizing those who don't share your beliefs.

Are your freaking serious?

I have only one thing to say to you:

You do not deserve to be called a "journalist". You would be lovely as a front page writer for the tabloids and show business. Go back to square one.

No true scotsman....

Moral cowards are those who doesn't have the guts to stand up for what he believes, and you're calling people who stood up for what they believe in moral cowards? who's the intellectually dishonest now? Simple reality? surveys here and even from foreign institutions says that the risks that contraception poses is minimal, I wonder who are the "EXPERTS" you're saying. Catholicism is not the only religion here, and not every religion here condemns RH bill, take the INC for example, they support it. UST isn't only harboring catholics, it also has Muslims, INCs, etc. etc., even Agnostics and Atheist, your call that Thomasians should just follow what the church says blindly is not just a "no true scotsman" argument, its also an insult to free will.The Ateneo and La Salle professors are not promoting stupidity and malice, they're promoting reality, I think you should look at yourself for that. Catholic schools aren't just proselytizing machines as you claim them to be, they're also intellectual institutions that advocate learning not just from the catholic doctrine but from the concreteness of reality as well. You know what take GUTS today? calling others maliciously "intellectually pretentious and morally bankrupt", they have studied what they said very thoroughly, maybe you should study yours.

"Oral Contraceptives REDUCE the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer", and "Oral contraceptive use is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer; however, this increased risk may be because sexually active women have a higher risk of becoming infected with human papillomavirus, which causes virtually all cervical cancers". "Dr. Beral commented that while OCs may pose a slight increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, the effect is small and disappears once the drugs are no longer being used, as contrasted with the ongoing protective effect against ovarian cancer." (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives; http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/prevention/ovarian/oral-contraceptives)
that's just one of many.

Did you think that the government will just give away oral contraceptives without informing the people of their risks?
Did you think that doctors of the government would willfully give out contraceptives who had history of illness and such? NO, that's why we have a myriad of contraceptives and why people go to doctors for advice about which is the safest they can use.

Do you know what bugs me? is that you even brag that the CBCP not allowing for discourse is such a good thing. No amount of explanation will convince people like you otherwise, way to call others hardheaded when you are one yourself.

so far the only arguments you posted here are ad hominem, red herring, no true scotsman and the "willfully ignorant" arguments.

Besides what YOUR religion says, there's nothing substantial to argue against the RH bill. DO NOT forget that the Catholic Church does not own the Philippines, even if most people here are catholics and never ever forget, that we are not sheeples that you can just order around, not everyone recognizes your "moral high ground".

ohh, and BTW, I'm an agnostic existentialist, a filipino and a thomasian.

UST will probably disown your piece

To say nothing yet about your unnecessarily snide tone, grammatical errors, and more important factual errors (those profs clearly stated their position was independently held)...

You've misrepresented the university you wanted to defend, unless it really is as you describe -- taking any questioning/dissent as attack, and requiring quiet acceptance of all its positions -- which I highly doubt. In case you didn't know, the Church has moved on since medieval times and encourages fides quarens intellectum, not blind obedience. Furthermore, you've claimed to understand the motivations and desires of over 200 people, and passed moral judgment on them for it -- knowledge and authority that, last I checked, implied omniscience and transcendence. Ikaw na pala si God?

Honey, if you're going to

Honey, if you're going to claim "malice and stupidity," at least have the sense of mind to point out what specific parts of the statements from the 190 professors from Ateneo were malicious and stupid.

You're writing for a school paper, so I assume that you have at least a basic understanding of how critical thinking works.

Otherwise, you're guilty of an ad hominem fallacy. Again.

Chill

With all due respect, sir. I guess you should know more facts before making a very bold statement. Journalism 101. Research first before you make any claims. Such a shame that you seemed to fail in this part.

I like how bold you are - no matter how stupid this entry is. I like how you seem to stand for what YOU believe in. You're pretty amazing when you just OBEY what your whippers tell you. You're such a submissive little boy.

But you're just a boy. And a boy lacks credibility.

Be a man and earn more of it before you speak like this.

You're following the example of Christ? Did he ever attack those who were against him and called them "stupid"?

Quite a Christian, you are.

Matthew 7: 1- 5

1“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

That's your bible, sir. Read it first and evaluate yourself before you evaluate others.

Good night.

Chill

With all due respect, sir. I guess you should know more facts before making a very bold statement. Journalism 101. Research first before you make any claims. Such a shame that you seemed to fail in this part.

I like how bold you are - no matter how stupid this entry is. I like how you seem to stand for what YOU believe in. You're pretty amazing when you just OBEY what your whippers tell you. You're such a submissive little boy.

But you're just a boy. And a boy lacks credibility.

Be a man and earn more of it before you speak like this.

You're following the example of Christ? Did he ever attack those who were against him and called them "stupid"?

Quite a Christian, you are.

Matthew 7: 1- 5

1“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

That's your bible, sir. Read it first and evaluate yourself before you evaluate others.

Good night.

To the self-proclaimed saint/evangelist

It's funny how you actually think that you're helping with the situation by opening up the minds of our fellow Catholics and Christians. I hope that some form of genuine intelligence and wisdom gets through that thick skull of yours. I am not here to argue. I am just here to say to you that your mode of defense against the critics of your beloved article about lemons and cowards, is just PATHETIC. I don't even have to explain why it's pathetic. Just let the thought simmer, let it resonate in your very being. You are not a true Catholic, you are just fooling yourself into thinking that you are one. I know that you may not be an evil person per se, in fact I think you actually believe that your doing the right thing. But its not working bro, you better find yourself a new career; a new "mission" if you prefer, and again no, you are not the hero here, you are not a martyr, and if we were to clear up the skies in order to look at the face of God at the this very instance, I believe he'd be frowning at you and would ask you to stay away until you've come to your senses. Your just... sigh.... stupid and ugly at that.. And I can't believe you actually used the codename "VORPAL"???!?! hahahaha jabberwockey slayer ka ba??? hahaha kaya pala may sayad ka ata talaga thinking you're so cool by using a term coined by Lewis Carroll, you do know he's not a Catholic right? haha oopps the irony. Well at least he's Christian. Or did you even know where that he coined that term?? Sige magquit ka na ng school at ng varsitarian pinapabaho mo lang ang UST dahil sa itsura at ugali mo. Ktnxbye..

A student that does not study

Please, talk to the people you are condemning first before passing judgment, its not-christian nor is it journalistic, nor professional to do what you just did. This is not anymore a journalistic entity, its now a Public Relations or Advertising Platform.

if you are not going to do any due diligence, nor your advisers or your betters require this of you, I guess we now know from this pattern and standard what this is.

lowest of the low : Pathetic

This is the lowest of the low. My god. After calling ADMU and DLSU professors Intellectual pretenders and interlopers, now you attack by saying they are Stupid and Malicious?! If there's someone here who's stupid and malicious, it's you. You never learned. Like what we always emphasize, it's totally okay if you are on the opposing side of the bill and defend it reasonably and constructively, but it was and never will be okay to use foul words and resort to name calling. How arrogant of you. If you think that you'll get pride and glory by doing so, think again. Or shall I say... Think over and over again. I have so much respect for UST pero ngayon nababawasan na yata...hindi ko lubos maisip how did UST ever produce and develop such arrogant and Damaso-cultured student journalists.

Its as simple as this for

Its as simple as this for those who claim to be Catholic and go to church every sunday. I suppose they recite the Apostles's Creed and in that it creed its says " I believe in the Holy Catholic church". I don't know what they don't get.
I am a La Sallista ( student and teacher) now in Canada, still proud to be one , a member of CFCFFL and I know the last time I check , DLSU still has its motto intact :" Religio, Mores, Cultura." . It is now my prayer that the Holy Spirit enlighten the minds of those who continue to stand oppose to the church and come back to its fold.

Poser!

The title says "Intellectual Dishonesty and Moral Cowardice." I don't see any entry in this article that tackles "Intellectual Dishonesty." What about "Moral Cowardice"? Well, that would well describe the author (journalist-poser would be a better term...and Nick Joaquin, a Thomasian, must be turning over in his grave for this journalistic masterpiece, my ass).

The RH Bill is not about religion. The RH bill is about tolerance.
The RH Bill is not about stupidity and malice. The RH is about broad-mindedness
The RH Bill is about human life.

G.E.T. A. L.I.F.E!

Rebuttal

This one is funny but a good read: http://sankagesteno.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/ateneo-la-salle-profs-are-like-so-not-duwag/

And btw, cybercrime law is on TRO so I'm off the hook from abetting charges

Here is a response to what

Here is a response to what you wrote, Mr. Gayya. Make of it what you wish, but rather than using the same ad hominem attacks you used, it addresses the issues with fact and reason.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/10/09/12/response-varsitarian

Quite frankly, all you've done is show yourself to be less like Christ and more like the ones who had Him crucified. It is not irrelevance that has moved some to leave our Church nor caused its faithful to struggle- rather, it is the self-righteous passing of judgement on other people without respect to understanding, empathy and reason that has cast the Church in such a bad light in today's world. It is simply Pharasaical rather than Christian, and you do those against the RH Bill no justice with how you've acted.

Good day, Mr. Gayya.

Something to think about:

Respect others if you want to be respected. Instead of 'defending' your belief like this, why not be a little more open-minded? You are a journalist after all.
To be honest, all you've managed to do here is make us Catholics look like close-minded people who condemn others for opposing what we believe.

maternal death usually during delivery?

maternal death is caused by failure of government and private hospitals to give assistance to poor women giving birth. This was the case of my laundry woman... we brought her to Paranaque Hospital in Tambo they refused admittance because she did not have her maternal check up with them.... so maternal death is due to inefficient assistance to women on labor.... would be interested to learn statistics be done to show cause of maternal death... i think it is during delivery? so maybe we should pour billions into delivery clinics /hospitals not in condoms and birth control pills (i had to undergo hysterectomy due to 5 year taking of birth control pills) and bleeding due to IUD. I am talking from experience. Hope PRO RH bill will realize the danger to women .... caused by birth control pills and IUD. God bless!

From A UP Student

This is the result of a man who threw away his mind, his reason, his logic. He has surrendered it to the mystics. He has decided that the statement "RH bill is evil" is a universal truth and not a statement to be scrutinized using reason and logic as his highest basis for judgement. He let his mind become an idle tool, and surrendered his ability of reason to someone else that didn't even practice it. He sacrificed God's gift of the power of the mind and told himself that faith is without logic, without reason. I refuse to believe that God would grant us a mind if we are not to use it. If my reason, my logic deems something to be wrong or to be right, I know that God says the same, he made me in his image. Faith in God is a product of logic and reason. If you believe in Blind-Faith,then you are throwing away your mind. You are like a mindless beast, an animal, like a dog obeying anything his master says, like a lapdog.

Seriously?

These are the rants of one rabid close minded Catholic. What kind of an article is this? Extravagant claims with no sources? No citations whatsoever? In other words SINOTTO! Wahaha! Your religion is not the only one in existence, sir. Yes I find it extremely hindering so I got out early and so far I'm doing fine, no lightning bolt striking or rains of fire and brimstone. That doesn't make me "ungrateful" because the church never helped me anyway but never did I claim that I'm superior above all others. Instead you're the ones claiming superiority, pretending to know the whims of a supernatural being that so far hasn't made his second coming yet and condemning us all to hell. Your church is the one who's ungrateful because we basically pay taxes for them to be able to halt traffic for their extravagant rituals and churches while the priests get fat without lifting a single finger, driving expensive cars and molesting little boys and girls. And how can you call those who back the RH bill either "malicious or stupid?" Are you comparing the intellectual capacity of Sen. Santiago (pro) versus Sen. Sotto (anti)? Seriously is there even a need to compare? LMFAO!

Disappointed

Two articles. Write a third one so I can do a Peter and deny my Thomasian heritage three times.

If arrogance, ad hominems, strawmen and self-righteousness are what we represent now, I refuse to be called a Thomasian. During my time in the University we believed in different things. We believed in Compassion, Commitment, and Competence. We upheld our convictions. We exercised acceptance.

We did not debate because we wanted to "bandwagon". The fact that you see going against the flow as a sort of "heroic cape" move is both insulting and misinformed. No intellectual has ever presented his opinion on things in the hopes of being recognized as "awesome!"; they present their opinion because they honestly believe that they are in the right, and they are looking for counter-opinions to either prove them wrong or cause them to reexamine their stand. I professed my support for the RH Bill in hopes of this, but instead we get slapped like it was 1611 because the "Church is always right".

I support the RH Bill. It is an interesting dichotomy, seeing as I am a Thomasian Engineer. On one hand, my Thomasian side puts a high premium on the values I learned during my time there, which, Catholic or not, are excellent values to take to heart. On the other, the Engineering side values optimization and innovation, within the bounds of ethics and morality. When you examine the RH Bill objectively, it aims to educate the public and the less fortunate regarding sex, a subject that has remained taboo in our country for too long. When you think about it, does it not embody compassion (towards the less fortunate and misinformed), competence (in that you don't hope to shoot blanks when caught in THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT™), and commitment (in that the RH Bill strives for the country's progress, and is in no way malicious)?

But instead we keep the subject taboo, and we have stagnated. It is not an issue wherein we can close our eyes and pray it goes away. We have the means to progress, but instead we are hindered. This is not progress for progress' sake, this is progress fueled by compassion, competence and commitment, which, last I looked, are what we stand for.

B R A V O !!!

This is what we need these days... Congrats!

I LOVE UST

I LOVE UST

Being a true Catholic

Thank you for your post. At least there are at least people who try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

People will criticize you because they were raised to be selfish, self-centered, proud and have an invented idea of who Jesus really is. It is always best to be reminded that Pride is the real Sin of Satan.

People uses their ''hardships'' in life to find an excuse to do evil. Others use 'respect or tolerance' as an excuse to justify evil.

Jesus Christ is King-not an elected official.
He left commandments that cannot change.
His justice is spontaneous even when His mercy is applied.
Heaven is a Kingdom and His church is not an organization where people can debate.

Tolerance and Liberalism are gateways to Hell. Pope Benedict has explained this. If any Catholic questions the authority of the Pope, let it stick to his head - he commits self-excommunication. There is no if and buts with Jesus' Kingdom.

When you disobey - you leave the Catholic Church . It is called a SIN. It is a reality - not a premise.

The RH Bill goes against the sanctity of Life that belongs to God alone. The magna carta for women is already in place to protect both woman and child but it is not applied.

The UN is promoting this bill due to financial concerns - not the people's welfare. Africa has rejected this and I cannot understand why Filipino intellectuals could not see their point.

As far as any professor in a Catholic Institution, you are right, If they cannot uphold the teachings of Jesus Christ, they should get out.

They are already openly opposing Jesus Christ. Their open defiance only tells the world the darkness they live in. Why would any decent parent allow their children to be influenced by the dark side?

It is hard to be holy. And it is pitiful for a soul who is not even trying to be holy-there is no Heaven for him.

Oh God....

I don't want to say dismissive statements but.... I guess they are in need of brain donations... logical brains to be specific. Somebody, please....

So what solution does the Catholic Church proposes?

"The 190 Ateneo professors claim that artificial contraception is the solution to “high maternal mortality ratio, rise in teenage pregnancies, and increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases,” while the 45 professors from La Salle said artificial contraceptives are needed to deal with population growth “to improve the quality of life.”

This actually is the most LOGICAL thing to do in the present time. You're MENTAL to say that biblical, religious teachings and words of your priests can stop people, specially on the under privilege side of the population from getting the population growth any lower.

I am disgusted with that kind of thinking. So IS YOUR SO CALLED CATHOLICISM so harsh that they don't wish the people better lives?

In the decade that passed ( I didn't even included centuries) Have your TEACHINGS helped any people have a better life? Spiritually maybe but how can you live every passing day with suffering?

I know that there are words in the bible like "humayo kayo at magpakarami" but I DO BELIEVE in GREATER UNDERSTANDING of the words of GOD that somewhere around that line also says BE RESPONSIBLE for the FUTURE OF YOUR FAMILY AND KIDS.


BUT NO, squatters as you may call them, attend these so-called masses but what do they learn from it? Feeling good from going to church doesn't put FOOD on the TABLE, gives your kid PROPER EDUCATION, even teach you about FAMILY PLANNING and SEXUAL CONTROL, GOOD JOBS, PROPER SHELTER despite the continuous efforts of the government. AND YEAH YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR NOT HAVING ENOUGH "FUNDS" TO HELP YOUR CATHOLICS HAVE A BETTER LIFE.

AND IF YOUR PRIESTS ARE SO DAMN SACRED WHY DO THEY RAPE WOMEN AND KIDS? WHY DO THEY BREAK THEIR CHASTITY OATH SOMETHING? WHY ON EARTH THAT THEIR WORD SHALL BE LAW?

Please wake up from your foolishness and may your God help you. Unless your CATHOLICISM has a better plan, just keep your mouth shut. I DO ADMIRE SOME CATHOLICS WHO USE THEIR MIND THAN YOU WHO BLINDLY FOLLOW SOME WORDS SPOKEN BY YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING AS IF THEY ARE GODS. Because "YOUR KIND" of people doesn't even help anyone.

SO DOES YOUR SO-CALLED "MORALITY" ALLOW PEOPLE TO DIE IN HUNGER AND SUCCUMB TO GREATER POVERTY? If that is how you define morals, I do feel pity for you. I hope your God can forgive your evil mind.

So what solution does the Catholic Church proposes?

"The 190 Ateneo professors claim that artificial contraception is the solution to “high maternal mortality ratio, rise in teenage pregnancies, and increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases,” while the 45 professors from La Salle said artificial contraceptives are needed to deal with population growth “to improve the quality of life.”

This actually is the most LOGICAL thing to do in the present time. You're MENTAL to say that biblical, religious teachings and words of your priests can stop people, specially on the under privilege side of the population from getting the population growth any lower.

I am disgusted with that kind of thinking. So IS YOUR SO CALLED CATHOLICISM so harsh that they don't wish the people better lives?

In the decade that passed ( I didn't even included centuries) Have your TEACHINGS helped any people have a better life? Spiritually maybe but how can you live every passing day with suffering?

I know that there are words in the bible like "humayo kayo at magpakarami" but I DO BELIEVE in GREATER UNDERSTANDING of the words of GOD that somewhere around that line also says BE RESPONSIBLE for the FUTURE OF YOUR FAMILY AND KIDS.


BUT NO, squatters as you may call them, attend these so-called masses but what do they learn from it? Feeling good from going to church doesn't put FOOD on the TABLE, gives your kid PROPER EDUCATION, even teach you about FAMILY PLANNING and SEXUAL CONTROL, GOOD JOBS, PROPER SHELTER despite the continuous efforts of the government. AND YEAH YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR NOT HAVING ENOUGH "FUNDS" TO HELP YOUR CATHOLICS HAVE A BETTER LIFE.

AND IF YOUR PRIESTS ARE SO DAMN SACRED WHY DO THEY RAPE WOMEN AND KIDS? WHY DO THEY BREAK THEIR CHASTITY OATH SOMETHING? WHY ON EARTH THAT THEIR WORD SHALL BE LAW?

Please wake up from your foolishness and may your God help you. Unless your CATHOLICISM has a better plan, just keep your mouth shut. I DO ADMIRE SOME CATHOLICS WHO USE THEIR MIND THAN YOU WHO BLINDLY FOLLOW SOME WORDS SPOKEN BY YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING AS IF THEY ARE GODS. Because "YOUR KIND" of people doesn't even help anyone.

SO DOES YOUR SO-CALLED "MORALITY" ALLOW PEOPLE TO DIE IN HUNGER AND SUCCUMB TO GREATER POVERTY? If that is how you define morals, I do feel pity for you. I hope your God can forgive your evil mind.

Self-righteous and judgemental

Perhaps, if you stop using words like STUPID and MALICIOUS, stop generalizing people, stop personally attacking them, and instead start stating the facts and the rationale behind your stance, then people might start taking you seriously.

STOP LIONIZING YOURSELVES BY DEMONIZING THE ANTI-RH MOVEMENT. Just makes you look more STUPID and MALICIOUS.

The merit of your arguments are lost in your self-righteousness, it's making people hate on your beliefs. It's becoming obvious you (the Varsitarian) are trying to generate attention, but boy are you getting the wrong one. People look down upon you now and wouldn't take any word to merit. You really want that?

Hail, Caiaphas. Hail,

Hail, Caiaphas. Hail, Pharisee.

Light!

Please do continue to speak out and not be affected by the views of dissenting Catholics. Varsitarian is giving hope to the many faithful Catholics who love life and the silent majority who are just too timid to speak out because of the harsh backlash from know-it-all pro rh advocates. You have fearlessly inspired the faithful Catholics to not be afraid to stand up for the Faith and speak out for the Truth! Thank you very much for shining brightly as our LIGHT! Warmest regards from UP Diliman. Keep it up!

Err. really?

It's really disappointing to see the youth being dragged by the ideas of the people who are considered influential to them. I believe that the issue of the RH Bill, should be investigated INDIVIDUALLY and everyone MUST HAVE THEIR OWN STAND on the issue. You don't have to join the bandwagon of the anti-RH people just because your leaders tell you to do so. And come on, your arguments are so lame. Napakaspoon feeding naman pala sa university niyo kung ganyan ang magiging reason ng stand mo. God gave you free will, thus you should use it and not let others manipulate it. Have you actually read the bill? Or you just read it with a stand already in mind? Didn't you at least opened your mind to the possibilities once the RH bill is passed?

UST is the dream school of many of my classmates in high school. I'm glad I'm not one of them.

Balls to the wall!

Go Varsitarian! Do not be swayed! Stand your ground! Remain courageous and firm! It's time to call a spade a spade. No more hiding for fear of bashing. Defend the ideals and doctrines of the church. If not you, then who? Do not be scared of backlash from loud and self-preserving indies. GO USTE!

Is that what they teach in UST?

Hmmm, ganon tlga mga UST ppl noh, BASTOS.

Idk, i watch game 1 of UAAP bbol and their headcoach, their leader, goes apeshit on a ref threatening to kill the guy with a WWE undertaker geasture due to a missed call. Homicidal b!@#%

These ppl doesnt seem to realize what sort of reponsibility they have as a leader-of-men. Guess it shows, the UST crowd started throwing stuff at the refs and booed during our song.

This editor guys seems to think that having space in the school paper allows him to talk-shit. Parang antapang nga eh, baka "the rock" naman idol niya.

TL;DR Yup ganon lang tlga UST ppl BASTOS. Ew

Is that what they teach in UST?

Hmmm, ganon tlga mga UST ppl noh, BASTOS.

Idk, i watch game 1 of UAAP bbol and their headcoach, their leader, goes apeshit on a ref threatening to kill the guy with a WWE undertaker geasture due to a missed call. Homicidal b!@#%

These ppl doesnt seem to realize what sort of reponsibility they have as a leader-of-men. Guess it shows, the UST crowd started throwing stuff at the refs and booed during our song.

This editor guys seems to think that having space in the school paper allows him to talk-shit. Parang antapang nga eh, baka "the rock" naman idol niya.

TL;DR Yup ganon lang tlga UST ppl BASTOS. Ew

Is that what they teach in UST?

Hmmm, ganon tlga mga UST ppl noh, BASTOS.

Idk, i watch game 1 of UAAP bbol and their headcoach, their leader, goes apeshit on a ref threatening to kill the guy with a WWE undertaker geasture due to a missed call. Homicidal b!@#%

These ppl doesnt seem to realize what sort of reponsibility they have as a leader-of-men. Guess it shows, the UST crowd started throwing stuff at the refs and booed during our song.

This editor guys seems to think that having space in the school paper allows him to talk-shit. Parang antapang nga eh, baka "the rock" naman idol niya.

TL;DR Yup ganon lang tlga UST ppl BASTOS. Ew

WE ARE THOMASIAN.............

Another waste of cyberspace and tuition fees. You are not a journalist if you are too judgmental of ones own opinion. Respect the other half of Thomasians who support the RH bill, besides, whatever the stance may be all are called still THOMASIANS.

Wow, you people don't learn,

Wow, you people don't learn, do you? You've already gotten flak for your "editorial" and then you come up with another piece which speaks along the same line.

If you wanted to argue the merits of your case, you do not personally attack other people espousing opposing convictions. You lay out your argument in an intelligent and respectful way. You also do not jeopardize the name and reputation of the institution you claim to represent. THAT is biting the hand that feeds you. Your advisor has already apologized on your behalf. That should tell you something.

The thing is those of you against the RH are so focused on the sex component of it you forget that most of the things you are advocating for can extend to other things as well - things which you apparently care little about. You say all life is sacred? Ha! You could care less for the environment. You say you advocate for the health of women and don't want contraceptives because of their ill side effects. But that's also true for a lot of drugs on the market, and yet you don't speak out against it. You seem to be so busy being holier-than-thou you forget to be regular humans and to just simply THINK.

You haven't even talked to any of these professors and you dare tell them that they are stupid and malicious? Being Catholic and being arrogant are two different things. You know, face-to-face and with the way you've stated your views, these professors would call you one word directly to your face, and aptly: Bastos.

Live and see more of life. The old ones don't always get it right, sure. But if you must digress, do so in a manner that is respectful and bear in mind that part of being young means keeping in mind that the real world is often very different from our idealized notions of it. After you've been through a few hard(er) knocks, you may still have your convictions but you will be kinder towards those who don't share your views.

"You say you advocate for the

"You say you advocate for the health of women and don't want contraceptives because of their ill side effects. But that's also true for a lot of drugs on the market, and yet you don't speak out against it."

But the thing is, with those drugs, you are curing a certain disease. What exactly are you curing mostly with contraceptives? Pregnancy? Is pregnancy a disease?

Go Varsitarian! Do not be

Go Varsitarian! Do not be swayed! Stand your ground! Remain courageous and firm! It's time to call a spade a spade. No more hiding for fear of bashing. Defend the ideals and doctrines of the church. If not you, then who? Do not be scared of backlash from loud and self-preserving indies. GO USTE!

rh

I think, the other provisions in the RH bill are good i.e. improving women health etc. But the thing is, these good provisions are already contained in scattered laws which are already in effect. In reality, the only new provision is about contraceptives and the funding that it would get. Hence, RH bill is just a compilation of existing laws promoting women health but with an added provision - contraceptives.
Ok, let us be practical. How many times does an average person have sex in a month? They may be regular or even sporadic right? What more of the poor people who are idle most of the time who are tempted to engage in sexual intercourse? So does the pro-contraceptives want the women to drink pills everyday? What if they forgot to drink and got impregnated? They will now drink more contraceptives in the opinion that it could stop the fetus to further develop. Moreover, aren't the pro-contraceptives promting the view that women are sex objects? eh may contraceptives naman pala, sex na lang palagi di ba? ganun ba gusto nyo?
Another thing, how about the sex education in the bill which will be taught in the early formation stage of a child? Di ba dapat mas maganda kung optional lang yun at ibigay sa parents and decision if they want their children to be sexually educated in school?
last, tanggalin na lang kasi funding sa contraceptives and then icompile yung ibang health provisions para contained na lang sa isang law. tapos

Why even bother to publish this?

"Unfortunately, it also attracted bandwagon riders, who have nothing but poor rhetorics and fake hero-capes to boost their ego in the guise of contributing to the debate."

-- I think the author of this article is referring to himself when he wrote this line. The mere fact that he starts calling people who support it as either stupid or malicious makes him both. And like the bandwagon riders, he's doing nothing to help in solving this issue, but just getting a lot of attention and raised eyebrows.

lolz

like the name christian grey.. the sadist and masochist character in 50 shades.. hehehe.. you're really a pro RH bill.. hehehe

Unbelievable

I can't believe that someone could be such an arrogant and one-sided person, whoever wrote this should be very much afraid right now. Your reasoning is nothing more than a child's reasoning. You call yourself a 'thomasian'? You know for me you are nothing more than a hypocrite cowering in the shadows of the school editorial. COWARD! You can't even make a proper stand by identifying yourself.

Unbelievable

I can't believe that someone could be such an arrogant and one-sided person, whoever wrote this should be very much afraid right now. Your reasoning is nothing more than a child's reasoning. You call yourself a 'thomasian'? You know for me you are nothing more than a hypocrite cowering in the shadows of the school editorial. COWARD! You can't even make a proper stand by identifying yourself.

Being catholic IS difficult.

I suppose that it really is hard to be a catholic nowadays, particularly when your faith and belief find themselves perpendicular to one another, but far from impossible. I highly doubt that taking a position that isn't aligned with the stance of your religion leaders, automatically invalidates your faith, and makes you a morally bankrupt coward. Isn't it far more courageous (gutsy, even) to take a stance (regardless on which side of the argument it may be) and stick to it despite the expected onslaught of criticism and possible mudslinging? Isn't it far more cowardly to make harsh, attacks at groups who've actually made an attempt to stand by their convictions for what they believe is the right thing to do? That it is far more dishonest and morally questionable to dismissively reduce these groups to an insulting label that only serves to further the rift on the debate than to seek a common ground for intellectual discourse? Isn't it an incredible disservice to intellectuality, rationality, and the academe to blindly follow mandates by simply being associated with, or a member of a particular group? Maybe the next time we simply want to prove how well we use words to an audience, we can write about constructive, and unifying things instead.

Ignorance is a bliss

If you can't say something good and being a biased then don't talk at all.

I will not argue with a pea brain like you.

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