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Filipinos demand right to divorce

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By Ara Eugenio

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A beautiful country with many problems, most caused by the Catholic church.

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A beautiful country with many problems, most caused by the Catholic church.

In many other nations with significant Catholic presence - places like Italy, Ireland etc - divorce is now readily available. The Philippine authorities have to accept much of the blame here.

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As far as I'm concerned the Catholic church is a fear-mongering facade and people who commit themselves to its rigid dogma should be helped to shed that medieval mindset.

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The most powerful opponent to divorce in the Philippines is the Catholic Church, which is also against abortion and contraceptives.

Religion and it’s narrow minded interpretation is the root of most problems!

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Actually, there are exceptions with divorce in the Philippines. Divorce is legal amongst Muslim communities and if one of the spouses is a foreigner. Other than that, anulments are allowed there as well as voidable marriages (any contract marriages or if the couples are incapable of marriage).

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But Father Jerome Secillano, said the nation should be "proud" to be the only country outside the Vatican "holding on to the traditional concept of marriage".

And many will no doubt concur with him, as they praise traditional marriage in Japan too.

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Laws based on any religion need to be revised or eliminated to keep up with the 21st century.

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Religion getting in the way of reason, yet again.

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Religion getting in the way of reason, yet again.

Stupid laws by stupid governments getting in the way of justice.

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Religion getting in the way of reason, yet again

Yep.

Countries need to grow out of it.

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