Diogenes at CWN reports:
Catholics for a Free Choice has set up a dummy WYD blog to shill for the transparently bogus "international youth coalition" that just happens to echo CFFC’s talking points, etc. There are some amusingly bad attempts at forging spontaneous reactions in the comments boxes.
Well the comment boxes are now gone – so much for free choice in expression.
Note that Tim Drake reports that some journalists are exploiting the event to squeeze out of the kids the anti-Church opinions they want to hear and broadcast — a fact doubly confirmed by the "youths" of Kissling’s cadre, gloating about "interviews galore." Surprised?
Well as to be expected, not surprised. The media could walk into a gold mind and come out with joy at finding Iron Sulfide (fool’s gold). Though I guess it is a good thing that the culture of death shrills from CFFC have volunteered to play the part of the Tares at WYD.
The faux blog from the prophets of prophylactics links to a ABC News story where the headline refers to WYD as Catholic Woodstock which might be one of the lamest comparisons ever and quite the opposite of that festival for nihilism in upstate New York. But the article they link to is interesting when it compares the depth (or lack of) of arguments on both sides.
On the pro-abort side:
"I think that responsible Catholics should be able to decide for themselves what they want to do around sexual health and reproductive rights,"
"I think the church leaders hold views that are out of touch with most Catholics and [they] promote policies that aren’t smart,"
The Church’s position noted:
Quoting Pope John Paul II’s book called "Love and Responsibility," Loyola College professor of theology Stephen Miles explains that the pope justified the church’s traditional stance on sex because it represents a total self-giving on the part of the partners. "Sex for the sake of pleasure is about self-gratification, so it interferes with our efforts to realize our vocation," said Miles. Humanity’s vocation is to give ourselves away according to the pope’s writings, he said. Catholicism teaches that sex has two purposes, one of which is to unite with your partner and the other is to have children — neither excludes pleasure, he adds. "Legitimizing contraception would divide both purposes," said Miles. "The church has an interest in listening to others but it resolves differences through careful study of stricture," Miles said. Catholics have to be very careful bringing interest group mentality into the church, he added. To him the "Catholics for a Free Choice" point of view lacks religious rigor. "If there is to be an argument for contraception, it has to address the teaching of the church and if it does, then the church would have to change teachings."
Or to put the contrasting views more succinctly – self-gratification compared to self-giving.