By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader reminds the faithful “to choose a God-fearing partner and for love to be the foundation of marriage.”
Balanga Bataan Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) stressed that “love should always prevail in any marriage.”
“First, marriage should be for and with love, not for convenience, nor just for companionship in old age,” Santos said over Church-run Radio Veritas. “Always remember that marriage is a sacrament that entails responsibilities on the part of the couple,” he added.
“Marriage requires fidelity, as well as the promotion of life and support for your partner. When choosing a spouse, choose someone who is God-fearing which can be the best foundation in any marriage despite differences in race and culture,” Santos said.
The bishop issued the statement following the death of a Filipina in Stockholm in the hands of her Swedish spouse last September 23.
Santos reminds the Filipino faithful in Sweden that there are churches in Sweden and in Malmo, a coastal city in Southern Sweden, that are manned by Filipino priests.
“Rev. Fr. Francisco Herrera and Rev. Fr. Felipe Baldostamon and four Filipino missionary priests of the Congregation of the Passion are based in Linkoping, Sweden. They will be happy to provide spiritual counselling to our problematic OFWs,” Santos said.
Records show, there are about 20,000 Filipinos residing in Sweden.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs has assured the family of Filipina Mailyn Conde of assistance as they seek justice for her death in the hands of her husband Steve Aron Bakre Aalam.