Last night Bel, Frithjof and I had a massage. Halfway through the session, I started interviewing my masseuse. She's 21, has two kids - 3 years old and 1 year old, and a husband who slaps her once in a while. Me: Is he drunk when he slaps you? She: No, that's just how he is. Whaaaat?! I told her to leave the jerk. She said she can't because she needs him to help out with the kids since she can't do it on her own. Me: Why did you have children so young? She just laughed sheepishly.
When I got home Pa announced that some professors at the Ateneo de Manila University have stood up to the Catholic Church. You can read the story, "Ateneo profs buck bishops, back birth control bill" in PDI, page A11, Oct. 24,'08. This is basically what the teachers have to say:
1. Women lack reproductive health care and information on and access to family planning methods of their choice.
2. The rich have few children who are desired and supported whereas the poor are left struggling to feed, educate and take care of their many children.
The dilemma: Church leaders have argued that sex education in schools will encourage young people to try premarital sex.
Sociology titsr: Anyway, most schooled catholics pay lip svc to d church's stand. They'r likely 2 plan their families. Its the unschooled catholics we shd reach.