Friday, March 28, 2014

World-ly Vission

"supposedly Christian" relief organization will now recognize employees' same-sex marriages.
Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical institution and a reflection of the impact that gay marriage is having on religious organizations.
The organization’s U.S. branch will recognize same-sex marriage as being within the norms of “abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage” as part of the conduct code for its 1,100 employees.
“I want to be clear that we have not endorsed same-sex marriage, but we have chosen to defer to the authority of local churches on this issue,” said World Vision’s U.S. President Rich Stearns in a letter to employees.
World Vision is the second-largest organization listed with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, behind Salvation Army. It also ranks among America’s top 10 charities, with revenue around $1 billion.
“I want to reassure you that we are not sliding down some slippery slope of compromise, nor are we diminishing the authority of Scripture in our work,” Stearns said. “We have always affirmed traditional marriage as a God-ordained institution. Nothing in our work around the world with children and families will change.”
A World Vision spokesperson said Stearns was traveling and not available for an interview.
In an interview with Christianity Today, Stearns said the organization’s board was “overwhelmingly in favor” of the change. But he stressed the decision is not driven by theology.
“This is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage,” he told the magazine. “We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support.
“There is no lawsuit threatening us,” he added. “There is no employee group lobbying us. This is simply a decision about whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S., based on this single issue, and nothing more.”
In 2012, Washington state, where World Vision U.S. is based, became one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. The organization also has employees who attend churches that conduct same-sex marriages, including the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, among others.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving three employees who were fired by World Vision, allowing the relief group to maintain its mandatory statement of faith for its workers. A ruling from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with World Vision in a case involving three former employees who were fired because they did not believe in the deity of Jesus or in the doctrine of the Trinity.
Read the rest of the article here

"Incidentally", World Vision supports REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
World Vision has received grants from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and has a history of working with USAID, the source of the definition of HTSP above. On a USAID site which gives information on HTSP, this list is included as part of the ways in which the government agency encouraging pregnancy spacing:
D. Hormonal Contraceptives:

  • Oral Contraceptive Pill:
  • Combined Pill (COC);
  • Progesterone Only Pills (POP);
  • Emergency Contraceptive Methods
  • Injectables: Monthly and Three Monthly
  • Implants
  • Patch
  • Vaginal Rings
E. Intrauterine Contraceptive Device: Copper bearing and Hormonal
While other non-abortive methods are also listed, it’s impossible to separate that from the obvious abortifacients, such as emergency contraception and hormonal birth control, which has the ability to expel a fertilized egg. Ella, which is chemically composed like RU-486, is considered a contraceptive by the FDA and would be included on this list, as it qualifies as emergency contraception, but Ella can kill a baby even five days after conception. 
As early as 2006, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, D.D. has warned us AGAINST World Vision.

Pastoral Letter on Worl Vision
Ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa World Vision ay maaaring magdulot ng pagkalito at pagkaligaw sa mga Katoliko sa Pilipinas. Noon pa mang taong isang libo siyam na raan at pitumpu at walo, humingi na ang World Vision na liham mula sa mga Obispo ng Pilipinas upang kilalanin sila bilang kabalikat sa gawain para sa mahihirap. Ang sabi ng World Vision ay nababawasan ang abuloy na tinatanggap nila dahil ayaw silang kilalanin ng mga Obispo ng Pilipinas. Ang lahat ng Obispo sa Pilipinas sa kanilang pulong noong Hulyo, 1978 ay tumangging magbigay ng pagsang-ayon sa World Vision sapagkat ang samahang ito ay nang-aakit na maging Protestante ang mga Katoliko.


  1. check out this another exhibition of rude behavior from the cult of Iglesia ni Manalo:

    "I hope that this post won't be that controversial.
    I just got home. Mom asked how my travel was, and I answered that the traffic's heavy due to Iglesia ni Cristo's Evangelical Mission along Commonwealth Avenue. What she told next really irked me.
    My mom is an active member of Apostolates in Parokya ng Kristong Hari (PKH), a Catholic church just beside that gigantic INC chapel. She was in PKH together with her fellow apostolates, busy reciting their rosary, which is a very usual church activity to us Catholics. Mom told that moments later, some members of the INC, whom we know as "manggagawa", entered the PKH's vicinity and demanded them to stop (reciting the rosary) because it can be heard outside. There was a bit of confrontation but in the end, the parish priest decided to close the church office.
    (I could feel Mom's disappointment when she said that the parish priest closed the office.)
    Integrity-wise, I have no questions whatsoever as regards my Mom's account. I believe in her story because I know it is really true, and she's not the kind of person who hurl negative comments about another religion/sect just so to lift the Catholic religion up.
    I am greatly, greatly disappointed with the rude behavior shown by those group of INC members. This incident only aggravated my already ill feeling towards the early morning traffic caused by their so-called "momentous" event.
    Tonight, they appeared to me as bullies preying on helpless people.
    I used to entertain invitations for what they call "pamamahayag", but I will fearlessly say, that most of its contents only talk about how wrong the other religions are and how genuine their sect is. It felt like being in a marketing session, only that it uses the bible as a tool.
    I am not an active member of the Catholic church; I actually consider myself as an agnostic. I don't believe in religions because I know that they are only created by people, and to confidently argue about something we're not really sure about its existence is kind of irrational to me. My point: I am not doing this to side with the Catholic church.
    My outrage was simply rooted from what I believe is an outright trampling of one's right to freely exercise their faith.
    World peace? Not if we have these kind of twisted-thinking group of people."

  2. Just to indirectly say after that it's okay not to receive the graces from these Sacraments after you convert.

    I recall what Fr. Jocis Syquia told me. I asked him a straightforward question if these Born Agains, Iglesia, Dating Daan are considered as cults. And he said, in a way yes. Because they are against the First Commandment. He said these religions claim that they are the real religion because everything they say is from the Bible. When according to Fr., they couldn't have the correct interpretation of the Bible because the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus only to our Church. He said that these people don't know that these religions' head is the Devil himself, deceiving them, and not aware na "sinasamba pala nila". Fr. said that these religions are like "wolves in a sheep's clothing." Because if the Devil shows his real ugly self to these religions, then these people would run away from these fake religions. And with that, the devil prevents, so he chooses to pretend using these religions as cloaks to promote lies. He added, "You would know them by their fruits." Siempre, these other religions do something na "nakakabuti" like doing charities, like Iglesia's rallies and medical missions. Pero, nakabuti nga ba?!

    Of course, "Who are we to judge?". Everywhere, they seem to use now Pope Francis' "Who am I to judge?". I read people say, "It's okay to live my homosexual life. I'll continue doing this. Because who are you to judge?!"" Even in It's Showtime's That's My Tomboy Grandfinals, a contestant mentioned this Pope Francis quote to tell people that she's a lesbian (with sexual relationships) and it's okay because God understands. I hear people saying that it's great that Pope Francis is feeding equality of whole world. And these people are happy that finally, they can't be judged even they live their immoral lives.

    But we know how to differentiate right from wrong. We cannon judge people, but we know how to judge what is right, and judge what is wrong. Saying "Iba na tayo ngayon." sounds as if it is Jesus and our Catholic Church who must adapt to our modern world. Jesus is not meant to be popular around the world. He denied all the worldy possessions.

    I'd like to ask your opinion about this. Like, has the teaching of our Church changed? Talaga bang "Iba na tayo ngayon?" Have I missed a new teaching? Is this priest telling the truth now? This is making me confused. But I think Fr. is really misleading ALL the radio listeners earlier! I think some of them now are saying "Oh yun pala eh magpa-convert na lang tayo. Mag-enjoy pa tayo sa debate ng Dating Daan vs. Iglesia ni Manalo. At magpakasaya dahil goodbye Kumpisal!".

    I remember this post of Fr. Zerrudo in his blog,

    Sir, I request if you can, given the chance some time, have a topic regarding this, for I don't know who to ask anymore.