“When Philippine lawmakers return on July 25 for the second session of the 15th Congress, they will continue debates on two reproductive-health bills that would undermine the Catholic culture of the populous Asian nation.
In addition to celebrities, a number of prominent Catholic scholars are vocal in support, including some 60 faculty members of Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit-run university. Reprimanding his fellow Jesuits on campus, Father James Reuter said in a radio interview last May that the faculty members were free to leave. Last month, Father Reuter softened his stand, but added, “You have to be sure that you don’t have a teacher in the Catholic [faith] teaching something contradictory to the Catholic Church. The teachings of the Catholic Church are a body of truth that is crystal clear, and you should not teach something contradicting it.”
The truth they speak.
Catholics who don’t adhere to Catholic teachings are (surprise!) not Catholic. This includes people who are pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, or promulgate the use of contraception. The teachings of the Catholic Church are the teachings of the Catholic Church. They cannot be taken individually of each other and you can’t pick and choose which ones you adhere to and which you don’t.
You’re either Catholic or you’re not.