CAGAYAN DE ORO City, August 12, 2010—Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., said that legalizing divorce will destroy the moral fiber of society because “marriage itself is a social contract.”
Interviewed during a break in the “Peace and Reconciliation Workshop—Enhancing the Study and Practice of Catholic Peacebuilding in Mindanao” Thursday morning, Ledesma explained that divorce is immoral because it goes against the teaching of Christ that marriage is a lifelong commitment between two persons of the opposite sex.
According to Ledesma, legalizing divorce “is another way of saying that the lifelong commitment in marriage is no longer viable.”
“Divorce Bill” proponents Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan and Rep. Emerenciana de Jesus claimed that legalizing divorce will help in putting an end of domestic violence still prevalent among married Filipino couples because it will give these couples “another legal remedy that they can resort to in addition to the country’s existing laws on legal separation and annulment.”
But Ledesma stressed that divorce will ultimately tear up society, adding that domestic violence
“Legalizing something that is immoral will not make it right but will make it worse,” he said.
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