WASHINGTON, October 4, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the fall meeting of the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which will take place November 13-16, the Bishops will be asked to give final approval to a document on contraception. A media advisory from the USCCB notes that the bishops will vote on approval of "a document from the Pro-Life Committee offering pastoral guidance on the Church’s teaching concerning contraception, linked with a culture of life."
The issue of contraception has launched back onto the public scene in recent months with the attempt of pro-abortion forces to drive a wedge within the pro-life movement. The most notable move has come from pro-abortion activist Senator Hilary Clinton who spoke of reducing abortion by turning to contraception, abortifacient contraception included.
Fr. Frank of Priests for Life told LifeSiteNews.com that he was "very much looking forward to the document on contraception". He noted that the concern over contraception has been recognized by the whole pro-life movement, not only Catholics. "Many groups that I work with both Catholic and Protestant alike are discovering the importance of working on this problem which is at the heart of the culture of death," he said.
Fr. Pavone added that the real test will be in applying the teachings on contraception both in our personal lives and by priests in parishes. "Will the priests, will the people use them, is the real question," he told LifeSiteNews.com.
Well I guess better late than never. I agree with Michael Liccione when he writes:
Save perhaps for the butchering of the liturgy that took place after Vatican II, the single most destructive event in the Catholic Church within the last forty years was the response of the worldwide college of bishops to Pope Paul VI’s brave, prophetic encyclical on birth control: Humanae Vitae.
This is when dissent went mainstream within the Church. So many blind eyes were turned to outright dissent, and instead of it just going away it metastasized beyond the sin of contraception into other malignant tumors within the Body of Christ. It only saddens me thinking of the many contracepting couples in Communion lines and how many were told to just follow their conscience on this issue.