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Priest: Kids need both parents

Priest: Kids need both parents
Close to 300 delegates attended the Lay & Life Advocacy Conference from April 28 to 30, 2017 in Cebu City. NIRVA DELACRUZ

CEBU City – A child needs both a mother and father.

This is what the Commission On Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Cebu chairman
stressed during the opening Mass of the ongoing Human Life International (HLI) Advocacy Conference on Friday, April 28, in this city.

“’Well, you want only children and you don’t want husbands. Could you please ask your children if they also don’t want fathers,” Fr. Eligeo Suico said, sharing his encounter with women who want to have children but who do not want to get married.

“Where should be our first experience of giving and receiving except in the natural family? You know, a lot of young women now want to have children. They want only children but they don’t want husbands.”

‘Giving and receiving’

The priest said a child’s experience of “giving and receiving” will be incomplete if kids live in one-parent homes.

According to Suico, the role of the family as the children’s first teacher of self-giving sacrifice cannot be emphasized enough.

For the priest, it is the family that is able to first teach children to follow Jesus’ example of “giving of the self to the other person.”

“Undoubtedly, it is Christ who forms the family for himself. It is He who gives it the necessary graces. But it is for the family also to take those graces as tasks,” added Suico, who is the chairman of the Cebu’s Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life.

According to a 2012 Trade Union Congress of the Philippines article, some 13.9 million Filipinos are single parents.

Test-tube babies

Giving the conference’s first talk, “The Threat of Ideological Colonization”, Dr. Ligaya A. Acosta, HLI regional director for Asia – Oceania also observed, “Millennials don’t want to get married. They can just buy sperm… and they can already have a child.”

According to her, such a trend can give rise to problematic situations like in-vitro fertilization babies who could have 500 other siblings whom they could unknowingly marry.

Some 220 participants from arch/dioceses of Gumaca, Zamboanga, Parañaque, Tuguegarao, Palo, among others, attended the event. CBCPNews