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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 26, 2018
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Dumaguete diocese
opposes divorce bill
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

 

The Diocese of Dumaguete, the Diocesan Organization of Renewal Movements and Communities, and the Diocesan Council of the Laity are vehemently opposed to the legalization of divorce in the Philippines.

The Diocesan Council of the Laity and DORMC, headed by William Ablong, led a forum on marriage and divorce Saturday at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn in Dumaguete, with Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes, and DORMC spiritual director Msgr. Julius Heruela as speakers.

Lawyer Raymond Jorge Mercado discussed “An explication of the legal framework on the divorce bill”, and Prof. Evelyn Macunana spoke on “Studies on the effects of divorce in the experiences of the United States of America and the countries where divorce has been legalized”.

Ablong said the forum culminated with the signing of a one-page statement against divorce by the participants.

They said House Bill 7303, or an act instituting absolute divorce and the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines, is not only against the Christian faith, but also devastating to Philippine society.

Legalizing divorce violates the sacred covenant between man and woman that God has planned and joined together in the Sacrament of Marriage, the statement said.

It is also unnecessary, as remedies are already available under existing Philippine laws for families especially spouses, women, and their children who are trapped in oppressive and dehumanizing unions.

If legislated, divorce can have devastating consequences on Philippine society, on the family, on children, and on the State as shown in the experiences of countries where divorce is legalized, it also said.*

 

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