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’Consumerism’ pulling Filipinos from Church

Western influence is having a negative effect on people’s faith, says bishop

A man raises a placard in front of a Manila church to call for protection for Filipino families A man raises a placard in front of a Manila church to call for protection for Filipino families
  • ucanews.com staff, Manila
  • Philippines
  • February 4, 2011
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People are fixated with “consumerism” and “materialism” which are pulling Filipinos away from the Church, according to the head of the Philippine bishops’ conference.

“We have to continue evangelization because there are factors that are pulling people away from the Church, such as consumerism [and] materialism,” Bishop Nereo Odchimar of Tandag said in an interview with Church-run Radio Veritas.

The prelate also hit out at “influences from the West” like same-sex marriages and pornography in the media and on the Internet.

“So we must be constantly vigilant and uphold Gospel values,” Bishop Odchimar said.

He was reacting to observations that the Philippine Church seems to be losing ground in the fight against proposed birth control measures that will use artificial contraceptives.

“We don’t have money to invest in our fight. [The government] has the money and ... it seems that [the Philippine president] is behind it,” Bishop Odchimar said.

 

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