I read Mickey's post and I shook my head. He's gazing at his navel and obviously is missing out on the vigourous debates on important issues of our times. Contrary to his complacent assumption, there's a lot of questioning the recieved widosm and it isn't only religious but secular too.
As to your complaint that believers should question everything without reference to the Cathceism or Traditon; don't worry that's happening too as we speak: it's called American and Canadian Anglicism. You can read about their vissitudes from an opponent's perspective who happens to take the bible and Christian tradition very seriously.
I hope that your president and future Filipino presidents defy population control. It's a policy by rich countries to keep the poor brown people face down in the shit as long as possible. We've simply exported our bigotry to ensure that the darkies don't breed too much, allow them to develop, do away with their quaint cultures with their 'dignifed poverty' and force a redistribution of wealth and power to the South. In any case, how does contraception resolve the culture of rampant corruption and mistrust that pervades the Phillipines?
Too many people in your country? I'll take 'em! In fact, Quebec- which runs its own immigration- and the rest of Canada have to actively import Mexican agricultural workers because we don't have enough people. In fact, we're a very telling illustration of the evils of contraception. Here in Quebec, within 40 years we have the lowest replacement rates at 1,2 children. If it weren't for immigration Quebec's population would've contracted from 7 million to 5. 30% of pregancies end in abortion, about 50% of marriages fail. Teen suicide is one of the highest in the advanced industralized countries. Quebecers face demographic extinction but in the meantime, we have shortages of workers. The implications for the current state structure and civil society are quite obvious.
Further, contraception is an extreme health hazard. We've recently learnt that one of the chemical used to maintain the condom's elasitcity is one of the more carcinogenic around. Let's not forget about RU 486 kills women. However contraception is merely the transmission belt to abortion. Once abortion become an option, curious behaviour results that progressively sanctions infantcide. America might've elevated abortion to a fundamental constitutional right, but it's England that's putting this right into practice baby killing Babies that survived a botched abortion are abandoned to die so as not to upset the staff or parents.
Don't twitch so we don't feel remorse.
Moreover, abortion provokes its advocates to engage antinomially. Sell a pack of cigarettes to a teen girl and the state jails you and the society ostricises you from its company. Take the same girl to an abortion clinc without the parents' knowledge let alone consent and you've helped the girl exercise her fundamental right to choose.
An adult man takes a young teen girl to another province, he's automatically a criminal fugitive for statutory rape, kidnapping, eudophilia. The adult man takes the same teen girl to another region or country to evade abortion prohibitions, the society lionizes him and the courts will never prosecute
Finally, don't snivel with the turid cop out that the universe is meaningless but the individual's quest gives meaning. Accept the logical conclusions of your position with aplomb that what we do, say, think, build or destroy is utterly valueless because when we'll die, we'll be entirely forgotten and our achievements overturned or neglected. If you disbelieve the proposition, then you must reevaluate your support of population control and contraception. To prevent a human from being born is to rob the ....right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. [Casey c Planned Parenthood]