Sunday, March 04, 2007

Betraying the Truth

I wonder how many Catholics don't realize that almost 39 years ago, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops betrayed the teachings of the Church on artificial contraception by refusing to accept the encyclical of Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, which is widely considered the greatest charter of life and love over any other document in human history.

The document, Tragedy at Winnipeg, tells the story of dissent, and how a well-informed and well-formed conscience was considered by the CCCB to override the traditional teachings of the Church on artificial contraception.

Just because many Catholics may find it either extremely difficult or even impossible to follow all of the teachings of the encyclical, the CCCB does not want them to be considered excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. So they devised a statement to deal with the difficulties that contraception provided to the Catholic faithful.

The problematic text of paragraph 26 of the Winnipeg Statement reads:

"Counsellors may meet others who, accepting the teaching of the Holy Father, find that because of particular circumstances they are involved in what seems to them a clear conflict of duties, e.g., the reconciling of conjugal love and responsible parenthood with the education of children already born or with the health of the
mother. In accord with the accepted principles of moral theology, if these persons have tried sincerely, but without success to pursue a line of conduct in keeping with the given directives, they may be safely assured that, whoever chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.”

So even though we accept the teachings of the Holy Father, we are told by our bishops that in some circumstances, (with the aid of a well-formed conscience of course) we need not observe these teachings. In short, we are told that we can balance the right of a future child's life with proper education and lifestyle for those children already born.

The Church issued us a divine teaching on natural law with Humanae Vitae. It is deplorable that our bishops distorted divine moral theology, and still have not corrected their errors.

What will it take for them to reconsider their faulty logic and adhere to the teachings of the Church? How many misguided souls have gone down the path to hell through their leadership? How many lives have been lost through abortion and contraception?


Anonymous said...

It is so disappointing as a Canadian that these bishops would dissent. While I would expect that from Northwester Europe or the States it just doesn't seem like the Canadian thing to do.

Michael Leggett said...

Just whose side are these guys on, eh?

It's almost as if they're Broad Church Anglicans, where anything goes.

paramedicgirl said...

Angela, have you heard the term Can Church? We seem to have our own way of doing things here, from the non GIRM to the refusal to recognize Humanae Vitae. I'm sure you've heard the term Canadian Conference of Confused bishops before. God help us!

Anonymous said...

P.G. - that is the first time I have heard the term. Makes me think of a petulant 14 year old saying, "I CAN do anything I want to."

It was only a few weeks ago I came to the realization that in Canada we don't have the GIRM. Sort of like we don't have an abortion law....

So...with no GIRM what exactly DO we have????

paramedicgirl said...

What we have Angela, is a big confusing mess, with the priests trying their best to obey the bishops who are trying their best to direct the liturgy according to a non-existent GIRM. Confused? Yeah, me too.

BTW, I think we live in the same province!

Anonymous said...

PG - check your email re: province!

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