My comments: I wonder if the progressives in the Church are as up in arms about the conservative stuff being discussed as the conservatives are about the progressive stuff we hear being bandied around? Just wondering.
Speakers ask pope, synod to clear up 'confusion' on contraception
By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and
the Synod of Bishops that the church should stop giving "contradictory
advice" on birth control and help Catholics obey church teaching against
On the same morning, one of the synod's leaders spoke forcefully against
a widespread "contraceptive mentality" that has led many Catholics to
think the use of artificial birth control is not a sin.
Arturo and Hermelinda As
Zamberline, married for 41 years with three children, addressed the
synod during the morning session Oct. 9. The designated subject for the
session was the "pastoral challenges concerning an openness to life."
"We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who
seek to live their marriage seriously, do not feel obligated to use only
the natural methods" of birth control condoned by the church, said the
Zamberlines, leaders in their country of an international Catholic
movement, Teams of Our Lady. "We must add that generally they are not
questioned by their confessors" on the subject.
The Zamberlines, who are participating in the synod as non-voting
auditors, said the "rhythm of life" today makes it difficult to find
time to learn natural methods of family planning, which they said have
acquired an "unjust reputation of being unreliable," because they are
badly explained and thus badly practiced.
"The great majority of couples do not reject the use of contraceptive
methods. In general, they do not consider them a moral problem," the
The Brazilian couple concluded with an appeal to the pope and the synod
to help Catholics understand and obey "Humanae Vitae," the 1968
encyclical by Pope Paul VI that affirmed church teaching against
"If couples, as well as clergy, could at least find illumination and
support, that would already be a great encouragement! Often,
contradictory advice only aggravates their confusion. We ask, may the
magisterium hasten to give priests and faithful the major lines of a
pastoral teaching program to help people adopt and observe the
principles laid out in 'Humanae Vitae,'" the Zamberlines said.
In remarks introducing the couple to the assembly, Cardinal Andre
Vingt-Trois of Paris, one of three synod presidents appointed by the
pope, said Catholic couples "often do not believe that the use of
contraceptive methods is a sin and therefore they tend not to speak of
them in confession and so they receive Communion untroubled."
"It is necessary to encourage a mentality of openness to life to thwart
the contraceptive mentality and the spread of an individualist
anthropological model that in certain countries has led to a strong
demographic drop whose social and human consequences are not
sufficiently considered today," the cardinal said.
My final comments: Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris hits the nail on the end concerning the progressivist mentality concerning morality. It is highly individualistic and thus the antithesis of Catholic morality based upon objective truth and for the common good! Of course the "me-generation" of Catholicism born in the 1960's post-Vatican II "s"pirit of that Council is all about the me generation and fierce individualism with it comes to morality. I hope Cardinal Kasper was listening.