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.
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:
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.
"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."
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.