Filipinos urged to protect families from state control

January 25, 2011

PHILIPPINES: A bishop in the southern Philippines is urging the faithful to take care of one another so families will not be harmed by threats from state dictates.

“Vocation springs from the family,” said Bishop Julius Tonel of Ipil diocese, reminding people to take good care of their vocation because every family is a “seedbed of vocation.”

The prelate expressed disappointment at legislators who back the Reproductive Health Bill pending in the Philippine Congress, saying several provisions of the bill allows the state to encroach in family affairs such as determining the size of the family and teaching sex education to children.

Bishop Tonel said the proposal is “totally against” the constitution. The family should handle its own affairs and the state has no right to control the population, he said.