Saturday, July 26, 2008


VATICAN CITY, JULY 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- It's been 40 years, and the critics of "Humanae Vitae" still don't get that it's about love, says a Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said this today in response to a half-page ad appearing in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, which voices disagreement with the Church's stance on artificial contraception. ...

The spokesman said the major error of the letter is that it misses the point of "Humanae Vitae," that is to say, "the link between the human and spiritual relationship between spouses."

"In the entire letter, the word 'love' doesn't appear," he added. "It seems as if this doesn't interest the signatories at all. For them, it seems that the hope of couples and the world is only in contraceptives.

Read it here

What Rome doesn't seem to understand is that there are times when a married couple might want nothing more than to have a baby but love combined with fear causes them to avoid contraception because medication can damage the fetus. This can be the case in many medical dilemmas, not just in cancer.

There are economic factors as well when love demands a response from the parents toward their already born children. There may also be times when separation is forced on the parents so that only the mother is available to raise the child. This happens to many couples when employment issues loom.

I truly don't think celibate men understand any of this. Lack of love is not the single motivating factor in contraception decisions. To claim that it is, is a gross oversimplification.

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