Democracy, with all its problems, also has its paradoxes. Regular elections lead to short government life-time. This seems to result in more emphasis on short term goals and safer issues that appeal to populist issues. It also diverts precious time toward re-election campaigns Anti-democratic forces may use the democratic process to get voted in or get policies enacted in their favor.
The liberal capitalist economic system promoted by the US and European industrial societies and transnational corporations is dominating the world. The underlying liberal capitalist culture of the West has also spread globally.
This has become more possible through the means of communication like TV, news magazines and the internet. Thus, Third World societies like the Philippines have to contend not just with Western economic imperialism.
They have to contend with western cultural imperialism. Globalization is not simply an economic and technological phenomenon, it is also social, political and cultural in character. Among these are individualism, secularism, consumerism, hedonism, sexual permissiveness, contraceptive mentality, divorce, gay marriage, etc.
Religion has no place in the public sphere. All these are part of the culture of modernity.
These values are often anti-life, anti-family and do not give importance to the community. These often promote greed and selfishness.
The efforts to impose the RH bill can be seen from this perspective. Thus, even among many civil society groups, the Church has become a target of criticism and ridicule.
The Church is simply exercising her mission as a prophetic and servant community. This is the mission that the Church exercised during the Marcos dictatorial era and which contributed to the EDSA people power event. The Church has continued to exercise her role as conscience of society over the years.
It will continue to do so under the present Aquino administration and in the years to come. The Church will continue to denounce and oppose any manifestation of culture of death and preach the gospel of life.
The Church will not remain silent, nor will it stay in the sidelines while a government is bent on pushing policies that will adversely affect the future of our country. In exercising her prophetic mission, the Church must follow a consistent ethic of life. The pro-life stance includes not only opposition to the RH bill but also opposition to the pro-mining policies of the present government which is contributing to the destruction of the environment.
This includes the promotion of genuine agrarian reform, peace advocacy and the adoption of economic policies that benefit the Filipino people rather than foreign companies and transnational corporations.
The Church must continue promoting the Christian values and culture as part of the process of renewed evangelization.
The Church all over the world must be prepared to exist as a creative minority that continues to be a light, leaven and salt amidst a globalizing Western culture.Fr.
Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD. Along the Way. WE live in an era of globalization. The liberal capitalist economic system promoted by the US and European industrial societies and transnational corporations is dominating the world.
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The West in the Age of Industrialization and Imperialism As far-reaching as the transformation of Western civilization since the Renaissance had been, no one around could have predicted the even more profound changes that would occur in the nineteenth century.