Dr. Max Felicilda; Dr. Ernesto Villacorta; Dr. Francisco Guevara
Synthesis Paper for Great Works
To begin this essay, I first would like to discuss the problem I am to tackle with my synthesis of the three disciplines enlighteningly lectured to me during the course of GREATWK. Growing up as a child, ignorant was I of the great events that would and had occurred in the country of my birth, the Philippines. Little did I know of the problems faced by its citizens and its government, and every time I would see something in the television I did not comprehend of why such things occur, I would immediately ask my parents, my primary source of enlightenment at the given period and proximity, and they would tell me it is due to the bad people in society and I nod in conformity with the feeling of my inquiry satisfyingly answered. Only now that I have matured and opened my eyes to the great world that we are in have I seen and understood in an adequate level the tribulations in which our society was facing. The most unanticipated of which is that of the problems regarding and related to the Church.
The fact that Philippine society had problems with the Church was startling. As a child, never have I considered or even have came across the thought of human beings created in the image and likeness of God would have conflicts with the social body that edifies its members to love and adore the God of which humans were created in the image and likeness of. Up until college and toward the end of my high school days, I have always thought of the Church as the prime source of goodness. I have thought of the Church to be the institution that promotes the integrity and righteousness in each and every human being. The institution that taught me to love my neighbor even if that neighbor is my adversary. The institution that taught me how to forgive and ask for forgiveness. Given the overflowing of decency from the Church, what was it that the citizens of the Philippines, even including some members of the government, hated so much about the Church?
From all that I have seen, heard, felt, and comprehended with what ample amount of intelligence quotient I have, I have came to a personal conclusion that Catholicism, as the principal religion in the Philippines, is of immense influence in Philippine consciousness paired with the passive consumption of the doctrines that it serves and posses as a problem. These problems concerning Catholicism, however, are not seen, heard, and felt by all of Philippine society. Most of the populace of Philippine society is blinded by some, if not most, of the pressing controversies regarding the Church due to the profound influence of the ubiquitous institution. They may not even realize that they are under the influential spell of the dogma of the Catholic Church.
One of the several of the influence-related problems I am knowledgeable of is the fatalistic characteristic of the average Catholic Filipino. Recalling a lecture in my GREATWK class, the professor stated that instead of acting upon a problem or conflict, the Filipino prays instead with hopes that God will provide the solution (Villacorta, 2012). Personally, I do not find fault in consulting the Father for guidance in times of despair as long as the one seeking guidance acts upon the time of despair. This fatalistic attribute of the Catholic Filipino could be one of the numerous factors that contribute to the appalling however improving situation of the Philippines.
One of the most, if not the most, controversial and recent issue with the Catholic Church is the Reproductive Health bill. The transition of passing the bill would have been smoother and less controversial if the Catholic Church had not intervened. Keeping in mind the influence of the dominant religion in the Philippines, there were still some who were advocating the notion of life in the Catholic perspective in...