Sunday, February 21, 2016

Did Pope Francis just endorse the use of contraception?

  • Pope takes the classic Vatican approach to birth control and Zika, by John Allen Jr. 02/20/16:
    Speaking about birth control in the context of the Zika pandemic, Francis cited his predecessor, Pope Paul VI. Here’s what he said, translated from Italian:
    Paul VI — the great! — in a difficult situation, in Africa, permitted sisters to use birth control for cases of violence. It’s necessary not to confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy, by itself, with abortion … avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil, and in certain cases, as in that I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.
    The reference is to Congo in the late 1950s and early 60s, where Catholic nuns faced widespread sexual violence and the question was whether birth control could be used to avoid pregnancy after rape.

    Francis said Paul VI “permitted” birth control in that context, which, to Anglo-Saxon ears, implies a formal juridical act. The line sparked a frenzy of fruitless Internet searches, as people went looking for a Vatican edict or decree that just doesn’t exist.

    Here’s what happened: In December 1961, the influential Italian journal Studi Cattolici (“Catholic Studies”) published an issue in which three Catholic moral theologians agreed that in the Congo case, contraception could be justified.

    The future Paul VI, at that stage, was still the Archbishop of Milan, and close to the currents that shaped Studi Cattolici. It was assumed the conclusions reflected his thinking. That appeared to be confirmed later when Paul VI made one of the authors, Pietro Palazzini, a cardinal.

    Paul became pope in 1963, and never issued any edict writing that position into law. Thus, when pressed about it some years later, a Vatican spokesman could accurately say, “I am not aware of official documents from the Holy See in this regard.”

  • Francis Says Contraception Can Be Used to Slow Zika, by Simon Romero and Jim Yardley. New York Times 02/18/16.
  • The damage done—again—by the Pope's interview, by Phil Lawler. CatholicCulture. 02/18/16:
    Tomorrow, no doubt, the Vatican press office will go into its now-familiar “clarification” mode. Loyal Catholic defenders of Pope Francis will argue that the Holy Father’s words were taken out of context. But this time, the problem cannot be attributed to sensationalistic reporting; the Pontiff definitely conveyed the impression that he was ready to discuss the morality of contraception in the context of the Zika epidemic. The Pope’s own words are—at best—confusing.
  • Misunderstanding the (alleged) ‘Congo contraception’ case, by Edward Peters. In the Light of the Law 02/16/16:
    A discussion could be had, I think, on whether non-marital sexual intercourse is subject to the same moral requirements as that to which marital intercourse is held. Humanae vitae does not, as far as I can see, address that question. But, as to whether a permission allegedly given to nuns to take contraceptive measures in the face of rape establishes a precedent for spouses wanting to contracept their sexual relations out of fear of possible birth defects, the conclusion seems inescapable: there is no parallel between the two cases, and so there is no precedent set.
  • Contraception, Congo Nuns, Choosing the Lesser Evil, and Conflict of Commandments, by Janet Smith. Catholic World Report "The Church has never taught that if the harms are serious enough, it is permissible to use contraception."
  • Stakes on a Plane, by Dale Price. Dyspeptic Mutterings 02/19/16:


    Wait, what?


  1. Pope Francis is the last pope according to St. Malachy.

    1. The entire papal line has never had a connection with the heavens. No pope has ever been to the heavens and without ever ascending to the heavens IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A POPE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE HIGHEST GOD. Every pope has only communicated with flesh or demons or devils. He is incapable of communicating with the perfect light of God, but yet he parades around like a savior and a holy father who is Not holy as he was born unholy on lowjust like the Royal family born on earth and not in heaven. I am tired of their lies and tricks for thousands of years now along with their connections to the pope and hailing of Hitler. None have them have ever seen the heavens nor will they ever of they keep on their disordered chaotic dark roller coaster vibration they are on as that wave is almost coming țo an end. They are incapable of stopping the chaos and changing the direction and vibration/frequency of the wave they only parade around inmasks pretending to take claim on a land that is not theirs. They have been stalking, beating and torturing me secretly long enough. STOP YOUR LIES AND CHARADES POPE! !! how long did you think you could parade around falsifying my information on heaven until I would surface and stop you? Heaven is run by women not men. I see you made sure to let everyone know how women became flesh although you left out how man got his spirit! !! Did you know that a woman lifted man's ( thehusbands) burdens off and therefore became flesh to suffer for what Satan had done. We traded spots- temporarily! You either left or or purposely removed these things from your bible. I find this interesting. Answer to the above question; YES THIS WILL BE THE VERY LAST POPE!

  2. Pope Francis is the last pope according to St. Malachy.

  3. Very interesting topic, can you post some further information on this subject.