CEBU CITY, Philippines – “Faithful Filipinos must be completely convicted and vigilant in the struggle ahead,” Dr. Rene Bullecer told 500 lay leaders gathered to learn how to combat the anti-faith and anti-life agendas penetrating Filipino culture.
The HLI Philippines country director organized the event at the request of community activists who are increasingly aware that they have to take leadership on cultural issues into their own hands. Bullecer’s talk, “Eleven Fundamental Motives for Depopulation,” brought home the intensity of the struggle for life and Family in the Philippines.
He encouraged those who attended the Cebu City event last month to remain on guard against various impeding threats.
According to a recent poll by Pew Research Center, 67% of Filipinos find divorce morally unacceptable and 93% believe abortion is immoral. These numbers are better than those on similar issues in the west, but Dr. Bullecer says the Asian country of 76 million Catholics has become a hotbed for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) infiltrating Filipino culture with anti-life and anti-family ideologies.
Aside from divorce and abortion, he pointed out that other subtle threats may not be as apparent to the faithful, but these threats are very real. They often come in forms that sound very good, such as efforts to protect the environment and sustainable development programs which contain elements that conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church, he added. According to the same Pew poll, thirty-five percent of Filipinos believe threats to the environment are the greatest dangers in the world.
“People are extremely vulnerable to godless agendas which endorse humanism, secularism, and liberalism,” said Bullecer, adding that the Church has always taught about protecting creation, which was given as a gift to man by God, for man’s responsible use. So the Church strongly defends protection of the natural environment, but absolutely not at the cost of a single unborn baby and not as the greatest moral crusade of our time.
“We are called to defend Church doctrine and encourage the faithful to fight the evils presented as ‘good’ in society today,” Dr. Bullecer said. “We must warn people of those seemingly benign agendas being promoted at the expense of human life and dignity.”