Siquijor church leader links modernism to moral erosion of youth
Siquijor (9 July) -- Monsignor Candelario "Larry" Catubig of the Siquijor Parish Church associates the advent of modern technology with the moral degeneration affecting the youth of today.
He said moral degeneration is gaining momentum by the day because good family values are now outweighed by the modern gadgets that offer perverse philosophy and other immoral gains.
Today's modernization uses every means of propaganda, which is particularly effective in societies where spiritual values are weak and where lifestyles are not underpinned by religious morality, he said.
Msgr. Catubig cited the lose o obedience and respect for the elderly, the prevalence of illegal drugs; the generation gap between parents and children and the assertiveness of the youth to do immoral things such as abortion and premarital sex as the greatest challenges of the time.
"We are in a world with threatening social peace and harmony. In other words, people have forsaken moral qualities like being good, righteous, honest, forgiving, just, compassionate, in exchange for immorality and have chosen amorality as a life philosophy", Catubig stressed.
He said many people are aware of the existence of these problems and that family values are championed in the sectors of the society, such as the church, as an important source of morality and there are efforts being made to protect the young, who are the most effected section of society, from decadence.
"Christians will need to live with a new perspective if they are to stave off moral degeneration and save the young", he added.
He said education projects, seminars and campaigns aim to curb the effect of moral degeneration should be made through efforts which have a lasting effect.
Msgr. Catubig also stressed the importance of attending holy masses where Christian values are instilled to the youth through homilies.
He said they are conducting masses to the elementary and high schools in the province where personal encounters and advices are also given to the students.
Conduct of lectures that promote responsible parenthood is also spearheaded by the Church. (RA) [top]