Philippines: Addiction is wrong

THE head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines scored as “misleading” reports that the Catholic Church supports proposed legislation to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas clarified that the CBCP neither endorses nor objects to the proposal because regulatory schemes and administrative strategies are beyond the competence of the CBCP.

But Villegas stressed three points in the Church’s teaching to summarize the CBCP’s position on the matter.

“Addiction is wrong,” Socrates said. “Those who facilitate addiction by placing habituating drugs within easy reach commit a very serious wrong.”

Second, “the constant teaching of Church is that palliative care using narcotics is ethically permissible when there is no other convenient and available means with which to alleviate the suffering of the terminally ill.”

“In other cases, the principle of proportionality is to be applied which makes means licit when there is proportion between the risks...

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