Pope Francis Preaches About Corruption, Social Justice in the Philippines - WSJ
In a place where children sleep in garbage … .
MANILA—In his first full day of a five-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis met with poor families and street children, warned the government against corruption and threw his weight behind the Filipino church’s opposition to a controversial birth control law.
“Our wages are not enough,” said Rev. Gabriel Reyes, a senior Filipino bishop in remarks before the pope’s meeting with families. “Our backs are aching from working all day in foreign lands. Our children are hungry and we have nothing to feed them. We have not seen our children for years.”
The country’s high birthrate and poverty levels helped a law allowing for the public funding of birth control to be passed; the bill is fiercely opposed by the Filipino church. Some Filipinos are also calling for a loosening of the country’s strict opposition to divorce.
During his morning homily, he denounced “a society which is tempted by confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage a