Are we no longer a catholic nation?

@stephon8 (300)
Philippines
September 20, 2009 8:15am CST
Philippines is a pre-dominantly a catholic country but it seems we no longer are. I said it because as a catholic nation that teaches us about morality there is still some question that is not being addressed by our society. Like things that the church preaches us that we seems to ignore. I know that we are going global now but what happened to the old Philippines? That's why sometimes i wish i am a buddhist, look at our neighbors like Japan, China, Korea, and Singapore all are pre-dominantly buddhist nation. Maybe we will be a sucessful country if we are a buddhist country like them.
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@Xzcess (176)
• India
20 Sep 09
I do not think religion plays a major role in growth of a country. Now, I know people will not accept it as a suggestion but then again as far as I know the growth of a nation depends upon the leadership of the country and on the people responsible for that leadership. What is more important than being part of the religion that dominates a region is to actually accept that other religions will exist and other religions will prosper along with ours and religious issues are not supposed to play a role in politics. I do believe that a country which has people that believe in God will prosper more than a Godless one, simply because all religions teach us a few common basic things which include goodness, purity, charity, selflessness among other thing which can make all of us into better citizens of whichever country we are part of and better followers of whichever religion we have our faith in. Religions started as a way .. a path for man to connect with God. It is a personal subject even though communities may follow it. Politics is a subject of the community, governing the growth of country and which in turn governs the growth of people. Comparing religious dominance of a region with prosperity is like drawing parallels in things of totally different context for me. Like I said before, many will not share my views on this. Most likely you, stepon8 will not as well. But then again that is what makes them my opinion rather than someone elses'. Good Luck to all countries, all religions. Have a good day (;
@Xzcess (176)
• India
21 Sep 09
Oh o.O .. um, Thanks a lot for the BR. (:
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
I don't think it has something to do with religion... there are other buddhist countries that have more problems than our country... like Nepal, Bangladesh, and Laos... religion has nothing to do with it... or like only affects the development of a nation by a fraction... Aside for that... even if the Philippines is predominantly Catholic... we still need to take into consideration the growing number of followers of different sects like "Iglesia ni Kristo", the Born Again Christians/Christians, and the religion of Islam...
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
I think it is not on the religion why we are not yet progressive like our neighboring countries. The politician and the corruptions should be blamed why we are still like this after so many years.
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@jheLaichie (4439)
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
i guess we are still a very catholic nation. but because of the morality rate increasing, i even ask..."what happen to these country of ours?" even the people in the church do such act that we can even ask why them? those people on the higher rank in life, those in the government... we thought they are such role models but then again we ended up asking "they could really do that?" i thought we are in a nation who is God fearing and loving... but what happened now? and then those questions keep on coming back but still we cannot formulate an answer of our own. jhelai
@stephon8 (300)
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
That's exactly my point, even people in the church seems have no moral grounds which in the first place they should be an example. Oh well, i guess we all just have to be optimistic and hope for the better future for the Philippines. By the way, nice pic you have jelai.
@Danzylop (1119)
• Philippines
24 Sep 09
Yes Philippines is still a catholic nation. I can see people who are always coming to the church but are the same people who make gossips around our place. and it destroyed my relationship with my girl. so sad T_T
@saluyot (63)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
we still are, at least statistically because majority of the so-called "christians" in this nation are member of the roman catholic church. but in spirit, i think we are not if you consider the blatant immorality and "unchristian" practice that most of us do in impunity.
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
I already know that we are no longer a catholic nation, a lot of people still think that is still the reputation of our country when it comes to religion, too bad it's not anymore. it's actually borneo i think, in here there are other christian religions besides ROman Catholic.
@Danzylop (1119)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Catholicism in the Philippines has brought somehow a negative impact on the Philippines. Belief that the poor are blessed keeps them from doing hard work to enjoy a higher economic status. It should also be pointed out that religion is in no way teAChing the people to be lazy, not to strive for success.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
21 Sep 09
Hi stephon, I don't agree that we should blame all our problems on Catholicism. First and foremost, our problems come from the lack of moral values both from the officials AND citizens. If we have lived up to God's words in all areas of our life everyday then most of our problems never would have surfaced. Life does have lots of problems but if we try to examine the types of problems that we have, we would realize that most of these are consequences of dishonesty, corruption, crab mentality, mañaña habit, filipino time, and so much more. And if we try to examine deeper into it, we have violated in one way or another the commandments and laws of God. IN short, we are to be blamed for the problems that we face now because we are the ones who violated the teachings of our catholic faith. And if theres someone who can straighten it all up, its ourselves. So we start by lifting our nation up to God, voting wisely, support each other rhather than pull down whoever rises, doing the best in everything that we do in the most honest means.
@hotsummer (10413)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
as i listened to one program discussing the same thing as to why our country is not prosperous. one guest believe it is because that our people generally like to work abroad to earn money and when they earned good money they don't plan to get back into our country and help to improve our country. we only try to help our immediate family. but other nationalities, when they work abroad, they miss their country and they plan on how they can help their own country and how can get back home and start a business or something like program that can help their people and give job to their people and help their nation to prosper. that is a very good point. i think that we should really do our part to give back to our country. unless we do that we will not be able to see our country prosper.
@hexeduser22 (5854)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
I think what's happening in our country is not mainly because of religion. Greed consumes our leaders and some of them use religion to gain supporters. We Filipinos are not that united, we are in the middle of confusion amidst the coming election. We all want a better Philippines but we differ in our points of view. We are easily manipulated by media and politics. Success is on our hands we just have to be united for the sake of our country.
• Indonesia
21 Sep 09
I think to make good country not depend on religion. That is depend on discipline and morale from everybody life in their country. All religion is good. Someone with bad morale is make the life broken.
@grey26 (254)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
We are a christian c0untry,not merely a cAtholic .. I guess we are lucky ,becAuse we know GOD
@mohitseth (568)
• India
21 Sep 09
a nation should be secular. we should focus on our religion and respect others also. so be secular.
@jomaru88 (36)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
We are only catholic in name but not in faith.. someone told me. Our church is only to much they will collect. How much will be the income of the church for this month.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
I think it does not depend on the religion that really makes us a great nation. Look at America they are not buddhist nor catholic but they are all progressive. I think its in the kind of leadership a nation has that dictates whether our nation will prosper or not. We may have a protestant, budhhist or even a liberal muslim to lead us for as long as the one that one who leads us would be a good leader then we can prosper as a nation. Budhhist is not a religion it is a way of life you can practice that even if your a catholic because they don't preach that buddha is a god.
@Hazelrose (2185)
• Philippines
20 Sep 09
Remember we are in democratic nation, freedom from religion. Philippines still catholic dominant religion, but others are weaking to the true faith that teaches in the Bible, not the teaching that being taught by catholic council. In our government is predomenantly catholics, but what happen? Is God blessed our nation tru them?