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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Iglesia backs population bill but rejects ‘rhythm’ way

Now this is interesting. Iglesia ni Cristo not only supports the RH Bill but even rejects the "natural" family planning methods espoused by the Catholic Church...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 22:46:00 09/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Iglesia ni Cristo announced Tuesday its stand on the issue of family planning, virtually expressing support for the proposed Reproductive Health Act pending at the House of Representatives.

In a statement, INC spokesperson Bro. Bienvenido C. Santiago said, “The Iglesia ni Cristo accepts modern family planning methods or the use of what others call ‘contraceptives’ as long as they are not abortifacient in nature and they do not impose prolonged abstinence from sexual intercourse among married couples.”

Santiago explained that the INC is against abortion because it is a clear violation of the fundamental commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

He clarified, however, that INC rejects the rhythm method and other so-called “natural” family planning methods because “it is really contrary to nature.”

Among other things, he said, “That method runs counter to the apostolic teaching to all married couples which states “Do not deny yourselves to each other unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations’ (I Cor. 7:5).”

7 Comments:

Blogger Carolina S. Ruiz Austria said...

I think the Iglesia ni Kristo, just like other religions ought to be cchallenged to consider a position more consistent with recognizing the moral decision making capacity of couples, as well as individuals and especially women. The decision NOT to use contraception is also a moral decision. What is more alarming is leaving people without those options and the means to make them (which includes access to information and freedom from misinformation).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is natural family planning 'contrary to nature' when in fact it is done with accordance to the natural estrous cycle of women?

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Blogger Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

The mind-bending logic of the INC bigwigs is not surprising. They are distorting the Gospel for decades now.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

“it is really contrary to nature.”
So is Ligation and Vasectomy is accepted by INCs? Are these not contrary to nature?

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