Cebuana Doctor says no to hypocrisy of Catholic Church in dealing with social issues - The Daily Sentry

Monday, June 25, 2018



Cebuana Doctor says no to hypocrisy of Catholic Church in dealing with social issues



Doctor Rowena Burden from Cebu City recently made her thoughts known on Facebook in regards to the many social issues that have been happening in our country.
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Burden started with the line, “It is so funny who only talk regard themselves as superior to the DOERS”.

In her post, Burden shared her frustration towards the people who mainly complain but does not do the work that comes with the talking.

Firstly, she criticizes those who have commented on issues of economics that surround the country. 
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Burden advises that if you do not know much about economic policies and how the rule of economics works, it is better to keep your opinions to yourself.

She hints that these issues must be left to the experts.
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The next thing Burden tackles are religious men. She specifically attacks priests and members of the clergy who are vehemently against the passage of the Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood Bill. She says that these priests like to broadcast their dissent towards reproductive health, dictating what women should and should not do.

She adds that it is the woman who has to deal with all the issues of pregnancy and parenthood, sometimes even alone, so they must have a say over their bodies.
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Ending her post, Burden calls out the priests who have been interfering with the affairs of the state amidst the rule that the state and the church must not lap over one another or converge.

According to Burden, priests like bishop Socrates Villegas have already interfered with the state. She adds that he should just go all the way and run for politics in order for his interference to become more legitimate.

Burden sarcastically says, “Why don’t they campaign for a change in our government from that of a democracy to a theocracy?”
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She says that the whole religious congregation should just register as a political party and pay taxes with all the complaint and “interference” they do.

Read her full post here:

It is so funny how those who only talk regard themselves as superior to the DOERS.

Take, for example, those who rant about economic variables as if they are qualified to do so when they are not. Me? I do NOT discuss interest rates, inflation, currency exchange, and other similar financial parameters simply because I feel that any opinion that I can offer regarding those are not, by my standards, sufficiently informed.
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Then let us talk about our local Catholic clergy who did everything possible to block the passage of the Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood Bill and who, once it was signed into law, managed to wrangle a Supreme Court TRO against it through proxies. How on Earth will MEN in robes ever have the physical and moral ascendancy to impose their beliefs on women who have to actually carry fetuses for nine months, give birth to those, and take care of their kids and on men who are the partners of women in raising their kids when priests do not live the realities of lay Filipinos?


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Now, let us discuss about elective positions. Why doesn't Soc Villegas ask for a special dispensation and, perhaps, he can run for president? He is already interfering in the affairs of state in our DEMOCRACY so he might as well run for public office. Or, if the local Roman Catholic Church is intent on Filipino citizens living as they see fit, why don't they campaign for a change of our government from that of a democracy to a theocracy?
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Since the leaders of the Philippine Catholic Church insist on violating the separation of Church and State by interfering even in elections, why not have themselves accredited as a political party? And, they should be taxed. After all, while the ordinary Filipino has to sweat to earn an honest living and can barely afford the necessities, priests are assured of security of tenure, at least three meals a day, a roof over their heads, beds to lie on, hospitalization, and proper burial.

#WalkTheTalk
#NoToHypocrisy