Monday, February 22, 2010

Contraception Deception


Hypothetical Situation:

Student: I am going to do my theology project on quelling the rise of teen pregnancy by making information more available to a younger population and making access to contraceptives more accessible to older teens.

Professor: Let us begin by asking a question -- What does the Church teach about contraception? Then, we can proceed with modifying your project plans.

Problem:

According to an article at Catholic Culture, that idea was actually posited by a Theology student at Xaviar University in Louisana. In response, the professor suggested, unlike the hypothetical situation, that perhaps the student could work with Planned Parenthood to achieve this goal -- the fundamental question about what the Church teaches was neither considered nor taught.

In addition to having this public exchange with the student at a Catholic institution of higher learning, Dr. Homan, the professor in question, makes clear his position on abortion, birth control and issues regarding life, as well as, other doctrinal issues. He is cavalier in asserting that his perspective, which is in opposition to Church teaching, doesn't make him less Catholic.

Dr. Homan is wrong in that regard. Public dissent along with flagrant teaching against the mind of the Church does make one less Catholic. Just consider what Bishop Vasa offered in 2007 speaking about the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae and its opposition to contraception:

"Many Catholics have erroneously determined that the path they should follow is to disobey while trying to convince the Church that Her teaching is erroneous."

"In choosing to disobey, they break faith with the Church," warns the Bishop in the Catholic Sentinel. "In that disobedience tremendous harm has been brought to many women. Tremendous harm to marriage. Tremendous harm to family life. Tremendous harm to society."

Bishop Vasa explains that the teachings of Humanae Vitae have proven prophetic and the "Catholic medical community is more and more recognizing something which has remained very much hidden from public view, that is that contraceptive hormones have an effect, and not a good one, on the health of women." Moreover, he says, "Catholic lay leaders and even some in government are recognizing that contraception and its logical backup abortion have a very serious effect on marriage and on families."

A professor of Theology, Dr. Hamon yearns for the days of Vatican II -- he believes, apparently, those days were designed to undermine the fundamental teachings of the Church. He is deceived by a faux-freedom -- or as John Paul II put it, "a loss of the sense of sin." Vatican II was not meant to change Church doctrine. However, the council documents were misinterpreted by many, far too many, and a generation of Catholics, like Dr. Homan perhaps, were lost in the transition.

It is clear that in some Catholic institutions, the teaching isn't always orthodox. Now is the time to offer the truth, especially to those who profess to be the experts -- contraception is against Church teaching and is harmful to women and society.

2 comments:

Jeannie said...

To Catholics Using Contraception:

If you are uncomfortable being at odds with the teachings of your Church, try praying in this way,

"Dear God, I believe that contraception is good for women and has been a blessing in my family life. If I am right, please change the hearts of the Bishop of Rome and all the bishops because of the harm their opposition to artificial contraception causes. If I am wrong, change my heart. Bring me back into unity with Your Church, according to your will."

Kathy said...

That is certainly an interesting prayer, and I suppose that many people who are still making peace with some of the teachings of the Church could benefit from praying for a change of heart.

In the meantime, I would recommend that those who are contracepting, who are not in communion with the teachings of the Church, should abstain from reception of the Eucharist until they have an answer to their prayer.