Why Is There No Divorce in the Philippines?
Eighty-six percent of Filipinos are Roman Catholic. While the constitution dictates the separation of Church and State, the line that separates the two is clearly blurred when divorce, same-sex marriage, and even access to birth control is discussed.
This was not always the case. The Archipelago’s tribes were practicing divorce long before the Spanish inquisition. Things changed when Magellan arrived in the country in 1521 and converted the natives to Catholicism. This became the basis of Catholicism’s stamp to the nation. Spain, the same nation who brought Catholic beliefs in the country, legalized divorce in 1981.
Currently, only the Shari’a court allows divorce. This is exclusive to members of the Islam community.
Right before the outbreak of COVID-19, lawmakers pushing for the Divorce bill was a raging topic in newspapers and social media. In masses, priests do not fail to include their disgust over it in their sermons, telling families that it will simply pave the way for more familial problems.