The House Bill 1799 or known as The Divorce Bill was made for those marriages that are beyond repair. The authors of this bill believed that it would help couples to make choices in life. They said that annulment and legal separation are not enough options for couples who are experiencing inreconcilable differences, inreparable breakdowns and frequent fighting, besides, annulment counts a lot of years to be approved, it means, the psychological and emotional pain would be prolonged. According to the proponents of this bill, it will also help the children because they wouldn’t be able to suffer and see their parents’ quarrel anymore.Supporters say that divorce will strengthen the sanctity of marriage.
The Catholic Church remains firm in their stand in “No To Divorce in the Philippines” in spite of the alarming increase of number of Filipinos from the different sectors of government and even some non-government organizations and other women’s group.The Church received lots of criticisms on their much involvement in this bill because the constitution declares its separation from the state. But it is the spiritual duty of the church to protect the sanctity of catholic marriage and the Filipino family.There are efforts to legalize the new proposed divorce bill but the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines or CBCP and some catholic lay-leaders strongly oppose this.They believed that it will not help the Filipino families but instead it will destroy the marriage.
Couples possibly feel unstable even after they divorced.They will hesitate to be in a relationship again because they would feel that history repeats itself. There are also studies made that children who are products of divorced parents are low in self-esteem, less effective at school and work. They tend to feel guilty about the situation. It results to children who are engage to negative thoughts and actions like alcoholism, teenage pregnancy or drug addiction.
To answer the question on how divorce affect the catholic marriage?; divorce takes away the truthfullness of your promise to your husband and above all to God during your wedding and defies the sanctity of a catholic marriage and the Holiness of the Covenant. It makes marriage a game not a lifetime partnership. It will lessen the ability of the couple to settle problems within the family. As a result, more a solution to bad marriage, it worsen the problem of the family and furthermore, it will add to the problems in the community. It only leads to immorality.