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Week of October 13, 2008
Celebrate teachings of Humanae Vitae
When the pope speaks on faith and morals, Catholics must obey
By FR. ANTHONY O’RIORDAN
It is not a coincidence that the havoc in marriages today has resulted from the acceptance of artificial birth control.
Also, it is not a coincidence that the havoc in marriages today has resulted from the acceptance of artificial birth control.
The correlation between this acceptance and the spread of divorce is not mere chance especially when one considers that those who follow the Church’s teaching as outlined in Humanae Vitae have a divorce rate under five per cent.
Married love never separates the unitive and procreative natures of the marital act. With true married love come the joy and graces which God showers upon those who live lives conformed to his will.
It can no longer be denied that the major cause of familial disintegration and cultural decay is the use of contraceptives. The Creator’s plan for human sexuality has been widely rejected. In the past, we the pastors of the Church gave the lame excuse, “follow your conscience” without stressing that conscience needs to be informed and formed — that is, that artificial contraception is an intrinsic moral evil that cannot be engaged under any circumstances.
It has also led to countless objective sacrileges when couples receive Holy Communion with no intention of giving up the practice of contraception. It invalidates the absolution given in the sacrament of Confession when there is no purpose of amendment.
The question now arises: What do we do after 40 years of silence from the pulpit on Humanae Vitae?
The pendulum has swung too far from our traditional and moral heritage and it needs to be returned to the vital centre of its arc.
(Father Anthony O’Riordan is director Ephphatha House, north of Stony Plain.)
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