Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu told couples of the Catholic organization Couples for Christ (CFC) that marriage is beautiful and is worth celebrating.
During Palma’s homily to CFC-Cebu’s 25th anniversary last June 7, 2015, he said couples should be celebrating marriage and keep in mind that it is beautiful despite what the media says.
Palma also reminded the couples to value marriage as an institution and be open to God’s love. He said, “Open yourselves to God’s love and show the world that marriage is beautiful.”
Marriage should be founded on what God designed it for
According to Sunstar, Palma is aware of the many initiatives sectors are pushing to legalize divorce and same-sex marriage. He said marriage should be founded on what God designed it for.
Palma also added that couples should listen to their conscience before deciding on ending their union.
Palma said, “People don’t want to end their relationship in a matter of weeks or ending a relationship with a spouse just on a whim.”
Divorce and same-sex marriage in the Philippines
In March 2015, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that 60 per cent of Filipinos are in favor of legalizing divorce in the country. The survey, which was conducted from November to December of 2014, involved 1,800 individuals from which 63 per cent are married. This statistic increased from the 2011 survey which revealed that only 50 per cent of Filipinos are in favor of divorce in the country.
In May 2015, Atty. Jesus Nicardo Falcis III filed an 18-page manifesto at the Supreme Court of Manila to nullify certain provisions in the 1987 Family Code which limits marriage in the Philippines between man and woman. Falcis is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and a lecturer at the Far Eastern University who identifies himself as an “open and self-identified homosexual”.
As of writing, the Vatican City and the Philippines are the only remaining countries which have not yet legalized divorce.
In March 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.