annulment cases in the Philippines almost doubled in 10 years- more than 8,000 couples filed for annulment in 2010 about 22 cases filed per day.
The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is alarmed, and they should be. Numbers don’t lie and these figures ought to tell us that our culture is headed in the wrong direction.
But what is the Church doing about this? Filipinos should live up to its name as the only Christian nation in Asia. Churches should help couples prepare for long-lasting marriages and not just plan for elaborate weddings. The church needs to boldly proclaim the biblical teaching on marriage and offer practical help to engaged couples and to couples in crisis. Filipinos too should be willing to love their neighbors and offer help to those whose relationships are strained.
Failure to properly respond to this problem is bad news because the answer many (and other countries) consider a realistic solution to the problem is divorce. The Philippines is one of three places in the world that doesn’t have a divorce law- Malta and the Vatican are the other two.
Should the Philippines have divorce is another serious topic for debate.