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Singapore in Context – Culture of Life?
Benedict Tang
Pro-life Seminar
8th March 2014
St Anne’s Church
Culture of Life?
Family
“We are facing an
enormous and dramatic
clash between good and
evil, death and life, the
"culture of death" and the
"cultu...
Culture of Death
Latest updates on these current issues:
• Hot-button issues
• Homosexuality: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexua...
LGBT in Singapore
‘Outrages on decency’
Section 377A of the Penal Code
Any male person who, in public or private,
commits, or abets the comm...
Chastity and homosexuality
• 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women
who experience an exclusi...
HPB debate
• @
http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/gamesandtools-
article/HPB055647
www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/gamesandtoo
ls-ar...
MARCH 9, 2014, Vol 64, No 05
“We believe that the best way forward is for all to calmly and
purposefully engage in constructive dialogue in a spirit of...
The condition is not a sin
“But let us say it again, psychological conditions that are not
freely chosen cannot possibly b...
Fr James Yeo, a diocesan priest and Parish Priest of St Anne's Church (in 2008), replied
on behalf of the Archbishop of Si...
Alex Au Wai Pang
January 2014
January 2014
January 2014
Gary and Kenneth – 15 years
“There are gay bars and clubs. They
exist. We know where they are. Everybody
knows where they are. They do not have to
go ...
@ http://www.utopia-asia.com/map/singchin.htm
pinkdot.sg
Year Turnout
2009 2,500
2010 4,000
2011 10,000
2012 15,000
2013 21,000
2014 26,000?
Pink Dot 2013
Termination of Pregnancy Act (CAP 324)
• First enacted in 1969
• Legal up to 24 weeks
• No age limit, no parental consent ...
Abortion
CCC 2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of
conception. From the first mome...
Abortion
CCC2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a
constitutive element of a civil soc...
0
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
10,000
12,000
14,000
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Abortions
Singaporeans PR...
Mr. Chua Sian Chin, Health Minister who
spearheaded the Abortion Bill said in 1969:
“There have been similar minority grou...
Pray for the end
to the ‘silent
holocaust’
Anti-life policies
Youths turn to internet
forums, instead of parents,
counsellors, teachers, etc
Anson Wee
(son of Andy Wee)
3D image @ 23 weeks
Today @ 6 years old
Singapore
February 2014
http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/social-emotional-learning/sexuality-education/files/eteens-2012.pdf
http://www....
Divorce
http://www.aware.org.sg/information/divorce/
http://sgphappening.blogspot.sg/2013/07/divorce-rate-in-singapore.html
January 2014
Destroying the embryo baby
In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
CCC 2377: Techniques involving only the married couple
(homologous artificial insemination an...
In-Vitro
Fertilisation
(IVF)
Bio-ethics
CCC 2275: "One must hold as licit procedures carried out on
the human embryo which respect the life and integri...
Adult Stem Cell research
“By virtue of our sharing in Christ's royal
mission, our support and promotion of human
life must be accomplished through ...
• Join as a volunteer with Family Life Society (e.g. Pregnancy Crisis
Services)
• Pray daily to end abortion (www.PrayerCa...
Family Life Society
Questions?
*not a moral debate, will be covered in other talks
Pray and take concrete action for Singapore.
Thank you.
Benedict Tang
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  1. 1. Singapore in Context – Culture of Life? Benedict Tang Pro-life Seminar 8th March 2014 St Anne’s Church
  2. 2. Culture of Life?
  3. 3. Family
  4. 4. “We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life". We find ourselves not only "faced with" but necessarily "in the midst of" this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” Pope John Paul II Evangelium Vitae 28 25th March 1995
  5. 5. Culture of Death Latest updates on these current issues: • Hot-button issues • Homosexuality: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) • Abortion • Other issues • Pornography • Sex education in schools • Divorce • Destroying the embryo baby • Embryonic stem cell research • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) *not a moral debate, will be covered in other talks **some explicit images displayed
  6. 6. LGBT in Singapore
  7. 7. ‘Outrages on decency’ Section 377A of the Penal Code Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.
  8. 8. Chastity and homosexuality • 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. • 2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. • 2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self- mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
  9. 9. HPB debate • @ http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/gamesandtools- article/HPB055647 www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/gamesandtoo ls-article/HPB055647
  10. 10. MARCH 9, 2014, Vol 64, No 05
  11. 11. “We believe that the best way forward is for all to calmly and purposefully engage in constructive dialogue in a spirit of patient understanding, mutual respect and compassion, always working towards the promotion of justice and dignity of the individual and for the greater good of society. However, the Church's position on the matter of LGBT relationships has always been consistent; that sexual activity outside of a heterosexual relationship is not in accordance with the laws of creation because such acts are not open to new life. It is in this spirit of compassion that I am exploring the setting up of support groups to assist those who are struggling with same sex attraction and their loved ones who have difficulty accepting them.” Archbishop William Goh The Catholic News (9th March 2014)
  12. 12. The condition is not a sin “But let us say it again, psychological conditions that are not freely chosen cannot possibly be morally wrong or disordered. The Church has never said that homosexuality is a sin. The Church is very clear about this: “the homosexual condition is not itself a sin” (CDF 1986, #3). Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and in no way can they be approved (CDF 1975, Persona Human X, and CCC 2357). On the other hand, the homosexual person should be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity and “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regards should be avoided” (CCC 2358). Father David Garcia O.P. The Catholic News (9th March 2014)
  13. 13. Fr James Yeo, a diocesan priest and Parish Priest of St Anne's Church (in 2008), replied on behalf of the Archbishop of Singapore Nicholas Chia who was contacted by Fridae last week: 1. There is no current or past official position of the Catholic Teachings on the laws that criminalise homosexual acts. The Catholic Church stands united so the position of the Archdiocese of Singapore is that of the Official Catholic Church, namely that there should be no violence and discrimination towards homosexual persons. The Church teaches that all persons have dignity and must be treated with respect, love and care. 2. If we read the latest Vatican's statement, there is nothing new. It merely says that we must not criminalise homosexuals. But the constant teaching of the Catholic Church is to differentiate between homosexual persons (orientation) and homosexual acts. Homosexual acts are morally wrong. The Church differentiates the sinner from the sins. We condemn sins but not the sinner. 3. I don't think that we need to campaign for anything as our teachings are clear unless people wants to misinterpret them. Laws in Singapore do not criminalise homosexual persons. But homosexual acts are different. 4. Whether one is homosexual or heterosexual, one has to be responsible in the use of one's sexual faculty. Any abuse of one's sexuality regardless of whether one is a homosexual or heterosexual is wrong. It does not mean that if one is heterosexual, he or she can express this irresponsibly in any way he or she wants. Similarly the Church does not condemn persons with homosexual tendencies (orientation) but asks that they like anyone should refrain from irresponsible sexual acts. 5. The Church always differentiates between what is legal and what is moral. Something which is legal may not necessarily be moral. From http://www.fridae.asia/gay-news/2008/12/29/2181.homosexual-persons-vs-homosexual-acts-singapore-catholic-church#sthash.wbbglJry.dpuf
  14. 14. Alex Au Wai Pang
  15. 15. January 2014
  16. 16. January 2014
  17. 17. January 2014
  18. 18. Gary and Kenneth – 15 years
  19. 19. “There are gay bars and clubs. They exist. We know where they are. Everybody knows where they are. They do not have to go underground. We do not harass gays. The Government does not act as moral policemen. And we do not proactively enforce section 377A on them.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong 23rd October 2007 Parliamentary debate
  20. 20. @ http://www.utopia-asia.com/map/singchin.htm
  21. 21. pinkdot.sg Year Turnout 2009 2,500 2010 4,000 2011 10,000 2012 15,000 2013 21,000 2014 26,000?
  22. 22. Pink Dot 2013
  23. 23. Termination of Pregnancy Act (CAP 324) • First enacted in 1969 • Legal up to 24 weeks • No age limit, no parental consent necessary for minors • Foreigners • Married to a citizen • Residing in Singapore for > 4 months • Work permit • Counselling and 48 hours waiting period? • Girls under 16 • No counselling needed for: • Foreigners • Rape victims • Citizens with 3 or more children • Doctor may refuse on personal grounds *Passed in Parliament on 29th Dec 1969 by 33 votes to 10 with 1 abstention and 15 absentees.
  24. 24. Abortion CCC 2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. 2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes. 2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,""by the very commission of the offense,“ and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
  25. 25. Abortion CCC2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation: "The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death." "The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights." 2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being. Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, "if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence."
  26. 26. 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Abortions Singaporeans PR Foreigners Total Abortions Source: Parliament (8 April 2013, Question No. 477, Name of MP: Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song) http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/Parliamentary_QA/2013/abortion-statistics.html
  27. 27. Mr. Chua Sian Chin, Health Minister who spearheaded the Abortion Bill said in 1969: “There have been similar minority groups before who, in their out-of-date beliefs, have stood opposed to the introduction of birth control in Singapore and whose stand, as we know today, has found itself in the dustbins of history. In the same way, I am certain that the opposing stand to this Bill taken by this minority group will also in the course of time end up in the dustbins of history.” “I would just like to invite these groups to visit the Mental Defective Section of the Woodbridge Hospital to see for themselves the mental defectives or "mongols" whom we have to care for. Perhaps then they may begin to think in more rational terms and start to question the very purpose of the Divine creating such mental defectives, the nature of whose existence in this world is just to vegetate.”
  28. 28. Pray for the end to the ‘silent holocaust’
  29. 29. Anti-life policies
  30. 30. Youths turn to internet forums, instead of parents, counsellors, teachers, etc
  31. 31. Anson Wee (son of Andy Wee) 3D image @ 23 weeks Today @ 6 years old
  32. 32. Singapore February 2014
  33. 33. http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/social-emotional-learning/sexuality-education/files/eteens-2012.pdf http://www.catholichigh.moe.edu.sg/CHSWeb/secondary/departments/sexuality-education-programme/ http://www.cjc.edu.sg/cos/o.x?c=/wbn/pagetree&func=view&rid=1082021
  34. 34. Divorce
  35. 35. http://www.aware.org.sg/information/divorce/
  36. 36. http://sgphappening.blogspot.sg/2013/07/divorce-rate-in-singapore.html
  37. 37. January 2014
  38. 38. Destroying the embryo baby
  39. 39. In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) CCC 2377: Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible, yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another, but one that "entrusts the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children." "Under the moral aspect procreation is deprived of its proper perfection when it is not willed as the fruit of the conjugal act, that is to say, of the specific act of the spouses' union . . . . Only respect for the link between the meanings of the conjugal act and respect for the unity of the human being make possible procreation in conformity with the dignity of the person."
  40. 40. In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  41. 41. Bio-ethics CCC 2275: "One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival." "It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material." "Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity" which are unique and unrepeatable.
  42. 42. Adult Stem Cell research
  43. 43. “By virtue of our sharing in Christ's royal mission, our support and promotion of human life must be accomplished through the service of charity, which finds expression in personal witness, various forms of volunteer work, social activity and political commitment. This is a particularly pressing need at the present time, when the "culture of death" so forcefully opposes the "culture of life" and often seems to have the upper hand. But even before that it is a need which springs from "faith working through love" (Gal 5:6). As the Letter of James admonishes us: "What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled', without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead" (2:14-17).” Pope John Paul II Evangelium Vitae 87 25th March 1995
  44. 44. • Join as a volunteer with Family Life Society (e.g. Pregnancy Crisis Services) • Pray daily to end abortion (www.PrayerCampaign.org) • Lobby your Members of Parliament • Encourage pro-life doctors • Side-walk counselling • Utilise the power of post-abortion testimonies • Use the power of graphic images • Respond effectively to someone you know who had a abortion (Rachel’s Vineyard) • Dominate the Internet (especially on social media) • Know how to answer the question of incest and rape abortions • Encourage your priests • Distribute pro-life materials (e.g. cards and pamphlets) • Influence your child’s school
  45. 45. Family Life Society
  46. 46. Questions? *not a moral debate, will be covered in other talks
  47. 47. Pray and take concrete action for Singapore. Thank you. Benedict Tang

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