Kaye became used to seeing her parents fight. "They fought in front of us," she said. "I was there with my siblings when our father left," she added. "What am I to do as the elder one and as one deeply involved with the church who knows the importance and sanctity of marriage?" she asked a large gathering of young people at a sports stadium in the central Philippine province of Cebu. "Divorce is a complex issue," Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu
later told the gathering. He said there are issues around divorce that has to be reflected upon. Kaye herself said she has "reservations" over the passage of a bill
in the Lower House of Congress that would legalize divorce in the Philippines.
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"I am concerned about the speedy passing of the bill," she said, adding that, "emotionally it is not healthy for children." Archbishop Palma said that when couples fight and separate, "they only think about their own fight." "Many times they forget the sentiments, the feelings of the children," the prelate told his audience. "It's usually these children who do not know how to react because they have not fought, children have not experienced fighting," said the archbishop. Divorce and its effect on young people was one of the "sensitive issues" that were discussed during a gathering of at least 2,000 young Catholics in the archdiocese Suicide and priests having relationships
A young man named Raj asked Archbishop Palma why there are a growing number of young people committing suicide
. "How is the church responding to the issue?" the young man asked. "Perhaps all they need is someone to talk to, someone who can share their problems with," answered the prelate. He said the church is trying to be more compassionate. "It is not right to end our lives, but maybe the one who commits suicide isn't in the right state of mind," he said. The archbishop said he has instructed his priests not to deny the Sacraments to people who commit suicide. "If they want a funeral Mass, do it. If the family wants to bring the body to church, accept it. We do not judge those who commit suicide," said Archbishop Palma. Asked about clergy sex abuse and priests entering into romantic relationships, the prelate responded that there are protocols to address the issue. He warned priests to "be careful about your actions ... I care for you, I love you but sorry, your case will go to Rome." At the end of the gathering on Palm Sunday, the archbishop reminded the young people to have "a deeper understanding of God's love." "Know that God loves you, know that in the midst of life's challenges do not be afraid, and know that when you try to give your best then you know that you make our society and church better," said Archbishop Palma. The annual gathering of young people in the central Philippines started 32 years ago, a year after St. Pope John Paul II launched World Youth Day in 1985.