Priest refutes senator: ‘Divorce will never be pro-family’

Priest refutes senator: ‘Divorce will never be pro-family’

By CBCP News

September 18, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic priest urged Senator Riza Hontiveros not to eschew misrepresentation on divorce after claiming that it is “pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-children”.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, Executive Secretary of the bishops’ public affairs committee, said that such claim contradicts the provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

“Is she saying now that the Family Code and our Constitution are anti-family, anti-marriage, and anti-children since they do not guarantee divorce?” Secillano said.

“Divorce can never be pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-children,” he said. “Let’s not twist facts just to suit a particular agenda.”

On the other hand, the priest stressed that legalizing divorce in the Philippines will only lead to more broken families.

“Filipinos deserve better than something that guarantees the disintegration of Filipino families,” he said.

Instead of pushing divorce, Fr. Secillano asked the senator to work for the amendment of the existing laws on marital separations.

“Why can’t Sen. Hontiveros focus on reforming these processes? They are guaranteed to be legal and constitutional. She can even make them less tedious and less expensive,” he added.

At a Senate hearing on Sept. 15, Hontiveros said that a divorce law will provide individuals the chance to “find true and meaningful relationships” as well as “protect children from abuse and rebuild broken families”. CBCPNEWS