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STATEMENT OF THE YOUNG MINISTRIES ON THE PROPOSED SOGIE BILL

Statement of the Young Ministries on the proposed SOGIE Bill

AN ACT PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION (SOGIE)

(as of March 2018)

Youth for Family and Life (YFL- youth members), Singles for Family and Life (SFL- single professional men and women), Young Couples Ministry (YCM), are the young Family Ministries of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), a Catholic evangelistic and missionary community. We resolutely stand by the position of CFC-FFL, our community, on the Sacredness of Marriage.

We are collectively committed to the renewal of the family and the defense of life. We adhere faithfully to a set of beliefs and ideals from which flow our Christian attitudes, values and behavior, as well as its programs, teachings and approaches to Christian renewal within the context of family relationships.

As such, we reject the proposed SOGIE Bill in the Upper and Lower Houses of the Philippine Congress, due primarily to the inclusion of the legalization of marriage between homosexuals, or homosexual unions, and the Gender Ideology. As specified in our CFC-FFL Statement on the Sanctity of Marriage, released on July 27, 2017, we reiterate the following:

WE BELIEVE that God created marriage primarily for love between man and woman, their unity, and for the procreation and proper rearing of children.

WE BELIEVE that efforts to promote homosexual or same-sex unions point to a disordered definition of marriage that inherently can never be equivalent to, nor be defined as marriage, because it is contrary to nature. God ordained a union between a man and a woman for the procreation of children. This complementarity, including the sexual differences, draws them together in a mutually loving and indissoluble union that should always be open to the procreation of children. Divorce and same-sex unions contradict the very nature and design of marriage.

WE LOOK on homosexual persons with respect and compassion. We do not condemn but call them to chaste friendships.

Furthermore, as young people committed to the building of the kingdom of Christ, we state the following concerning the Gender Issue:

1. A person cannot change his or her sexual identity. Persons are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, one’s gender is a God-given gift and absolute. The Gender Ideology presupposes that gender is subjective because it is culturally and/or socially created and therefore there are no absolute types of gender or sexual identity. Sexual identity is not a cultural nor social construction but is an objective fact rooted in our very nature as either female or male persons;

2. We believe in the importance of sexual complementarity of men and women. Each were created to enhance each other’s roles. Example: Being male or female is a specific property of who we are as persons. A man simply cannot, as a male, bear or gestate children. Gender Ideology totally eliminates any difference between man and woman and attempts to advocate for total equality of men and women, biologically and psychologically.

3. We advocate the living of chaste lives and postponing sexual intimacies as Divinely ordained for the Sacrament of Marriage. The Gender Ideology advocates for absolute sexual freedom or total sexual liberation even for children, with a code phrase “sexual and reproductive rights”;

4. We give premium to the following institutions: 4.1) the Catholic Church and 4.2) the Family, as headed by the father and the mother. The Gender Ideology targets to eliminate Religion and Parental Authority. As young people we cling to the guidance of our Spiritual Authorities in order to live godly lives.

5. We look to homosexuals as persons who share in the Charter of Rights of the Family, as presented by the Holy See (now St. John Paul II), to all persons, institutions and authorities concerned with the mission of the family in today's world.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/family/documents/rc_pc_family_doc_19831022_family-rights_en.html

We therefore call on our legislators to understand the true and deeper meaning of the Gender Ideology and its serious implications to society and reject the SOGIE Bill. We stand by the call of the Catholic Church, “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home…whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.” (Laudato Si)
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