Re: Pope visits Africa, reaffirms ban on condomsMar 19th, 2009
The church has ideals for how a healthy family unit functions. A devoted mother/father unit, begetting kids and living according to Catholic doctrine. But, that is merely the ideal, and much comes into play outside of the ideal. Health problems necessitate medication and interventions, money issues necessitate people putting a cap on their family size. Outside of the ideal, the church expects us to also make choices within our conscience, to keep ourselves and our families healthy. And to not judge the actions others take to achieve the same for their families.
Sounds ridiculously simple doesn't it?
In the Western Catholic Reporter which goes to every Catholic family on the Prairies, the lead article for the week of March 16, 2009, dealing with "Church teaching brings new life" contains the paragraph:
"They first studied Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968 that affirmed the Church's teaching on married love and condemned artificial contraception as morally wrong." No nuance here.
Later in the same issue, the letter to the editor which received prominence (highlighted) over all others rails against birth control and a priest who dared present the "nuanced" position in an earlier edition.