Celdran Legacy

Disclaimer: This is not an Anti-Christian campaign/post. It is in our constitution that the church shall not interfere with the businesses of the government. This post is written to raise and address social issues, especially that of the Reproductive Bill.

Yes also, this is to address pop culture.

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Carlos Celdran was jailed last September 30 for standing up for the RH Bill.

Celdran behind bars

He explained that his rather “disrespectful” act was to show how the “church” has been the same to this country.

Damaso seemed to be very appropriate. Frailocracy.

You gotta love this man

He was acquitted the morning after, though. Following this icebreaker for the RH Bill – is a cult following… and hate statuses/comments/tweets/blogs (I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. Sheesh.)

This blog features some of the most impossible comments I have ever read. And yes, they lack brain.

I wish the blogger didn't blur the name.

What follows, however, is epic.

[Obviously Tumblr is FOR Celdran.]

Tips to Facebook images are from GMAnews.tv

Pop culture has indeed risen from the bravery and cleverness, that is Carlos Celdran. It stimulated creative juices to produce these artworks, and inspired a whole new culture of standing up for the people by the people. Anyway, gawd some of these memes are so orgasmic (pun intended.)

Moreover, I believe what he did is something of fervent desire to uplift the people’s cause — to eliminate poverty.

Reality is –

  1. Natural family planning IS NOT real and effective.
  2. The population count is not getting any lower.
  3. Hormones will continue to produce offspring.
  4. Artificial family planning methods ARE NOT anti-Christian.
  5. Jesus would’ve wanted a less-populated, less-poverty-stricken country.

His ways may be harsh, but the ego-crushing that he did was timely and very well-needed. Hats off and two thumbs up to Mr. Carlos Celdran – indeed one Filipino illuminary.

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Let us love our country, too, as Carlos had done. Let us use brains and not only heart in dealing matters like these. Say no to frailocracy! Let the government not be threatened with excommunication and other propaganda. If God has not excommunicated his persecutors, why should, in all means, man do it to his own kind?

For all you know, God approved of this.

Meantime, I really can’t get over with these memes. Maybe I should make one too. Hmmmm.

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4 responses to “Celdran Legacy

  1. A former professor of mine wrote this piece in a column he writes in a leading paper which I would like to share…..interesting insights I must say…read on….

    Excommunication and other non-issues
    by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino

    Whoever sounded off our excitable media to the threat of excommunication against Benigno Aquino III is dim-witted. That is one rusty and rusting weapon in the Catholic Church’s arsenal. At the time we studied canon law, it already struck me as pathetic that the Church should endeavor so hard to put on the trappings of state power, that it should have its own courts meting out a scale of penalties. Because the Church is no longer able to flog, maim and burn, it has cooked up a recipe of penalties that are supposed to afflict the soul, excommunication among them. In fact there used to be a kind of excommunication called “vitandus” that was particularly afflictive, but also so rare that our professor in canon law warned us that we would not find it even in the zoo! To be sure, legal history acknowledges the contribution of canon law to the development of modern law. One area of law that few realize is heavily indebted to canon law is procedure; other aspects of civil law bear the heavy imprint of a long history of canon law.

    Excommunication, however, was feared not really because it consigned a person to hell—which it could never really do, but because of what came along with it. When Frederick Barbarossa trudged the snow-filled path to Canossa to beg for the Pope’s forgiveness, it was not so much because he feared for his immortal soul, but because an excommunicated emperor was politically vulnerable: stripped of the moral power to govern, his people would then incur no moral liability in deposing him. Was that not the same argument we heard the CBCP make when it rallied the Filipinos—including me, my brother and sister—to EDSA in support of Cory, something I would not do for Noynoy today? No, our bishops are more clever than to threaten with excommunication. They know that such a weapon is a dud. What they can bandy as a weapon is the supposed clout of the Catholic Church over the voting population—but that is not by any means empirically established. When President Aquino in fact announced that he would seek out a dialogue with the CBCP, I am quite sure it was not a discourse on morality that he was after; he wanted to be sure that he remained on the good side of the very bishops who had sent the people out to the streets against his mother’s predecessor.

    I have said this before, and it bears repetition. It is necessary that our Republic be neutral in matters of religion—and in that sense, secular. In fact, the public sphere should be secular because religious dogmas, especially when they are exalted to the level of “mystery”, are notoriously opaque when it comes to verification and criticism. I am not saying that there are no mysteries; but you cannot invoke them in public discourse, except with others of similar persuasion. Given the pluralism of our times, different persuasions thrive, and so there is no way that one can vindicate claims by invoking mysteries. When our choir dropped by Doha, capital of Qatar, some of us who had lugged along religious articles bought in Rome as hand-carried items lost them to cantankerous customs inspectors whose x-ray machines had a special sensitivity to Christian religious items! In the whole of Qatar there is only one Catholic church, and I presume that in

    the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia it will even be harder to find any! That is what happens when a State is religiously aligned, and when its politics and laws rest on credal foundations. I am sure that Christians in these Muslim kingdoms and emirates in the Middle East long for the day that such states declare themselves religiously neutral, so that they may believe and worship as the Gospels ordain. But the travails of the members of my choir—and of Christians in strict Islamic states—should lead us all to see the wisdom that there is in the constitutionally decreed separation of Church and State.

    If the Catholic Church rejects the reproductive health bill because artificial means of contraception will be readily available under the aegis of such a law, then it should rightly be asked: What does the Catholic Church have against artificial means of contraception? If the only response the Church can give is “Humanae Vitae” and the consistent teaching of the popes and of most (certainly not all!) bishops, then that is not good enough an argument for the public sphere. The legitimacy of enactment is determined by its rational acceptability to all whom the law shall govern (presuming, of course the legitimate constitution of the legislature that passed the measure). If all that the Catholic Church can offer in opposition to the reproductive health bill is supposed argument drawn from its own reading of Scripture and the tradition of its teaching, that is argument that cannot be rationally accepted by other members of the Philippine political community who do not share our credal premises.

    I am challenging our priests to study philosophy and theology more assiduously —and to engage skeptics as well as well-intentioned men and women who do not share our faith in intellectual dialogue, and to be prepared with arguments that can win the attention and the respect of those who have no patience with or regard for Scriptural quotations.

    On the other hand, it is silly to demand of the Catholic Church that it “adjust” its moral teaching to suit populist tastes. Moral issues are not settled by the rule of the majority—a rule that, itself, is of doubtful morality! Moral issues, as action norms, are evaluated according to their ability to win rational consent, when those affected by the norm can engage in untrammeled exchange including the making, challenging and vindication of claims, as rational consociates. At the present, that is what I find wanting: a truly coherent presentation of the Catholic position against artificial contraception that can meet with the approval of all of its members engaging in rational discourse as equals—whose voices are not silenced because they wear no miters on their heads! Perhaps this is the opportune time for us in the Catholic Church to revisit the matter, to take one more look at our premises and to ask about their dependability. When I was inquired from a liturgy professor on the origin and the meaning of the bishop’s miter as a symbol, I was told to recall the tongues of fire that settled upon the heads of the apostles. Unfortunately, when many of our bishops unleash their tongues, the fire of intellectual debate is smothered by gusts of confusion! At the same time, the cautionary note the Church sounds on sexual conduct, responsibility in respect to one’s sexuality and selfishness behind many of the decisions that we make remains salutary to our days.

    Let no one then speak any more of an anachronism like excommunication and let us all get down to the business of rationality!

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