A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘contraception’

Humanae Vitae at 40

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The National Catholic Register carries a column this week by Father Walter Schu that encompasses the history surrounding Pope Paul VI’s stand on contraception 40 years ago, which was defended vigorously by Pope John Paul II in 1979 in his speeches on “the theology of the body.” The well-written essay is here.

This church policy, however passionately argued by celebate popes and priests, remains irrelevant to four out of five Catholics (probably more, actually) and a befuddlement to most non-Catholics. In developed countries, the policy appears as an intrusion into the private decisions reserved for couples; in poor countries, where soaring birth rates and poverty rise together, it appears cruel and blind to reality.

Common sense

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

There is a chapter in my book called “Believe What You Can,” and it underscores a common-sense outlook for lapsed Catholics like myself who are interested in returning to church, but know there is much about Catholic teachings that we can never embrace or support. I came across two fine essays by thoughtful Catholics that give voice to a couple of issues that tend to keep many Catholics comfortably on the sidelines: the ban on contraception and voting issues.

Excerpt No. 1: “Catholics the world over support the use of contraception, and those who can access it use it. It would enable hundreds of thousands if not millions more families to make informed decisions about their futures if the church lifted this ban – not to mention the impact it would have on HIV prevention.”

Excerpt No. 2: “In 2008, the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good have put out a very different voter guide. They list 10 key issues: Dignity of work, economy, environment, education, foreign policy, health care, immigration, Iraq war, life, and poverty. For each issue, they highlight some key positions held by both Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama. There is no negative condemnation of either candidate.”