Monday 24 September 2018

Mary Kenny: A bitter Pill… It is surely time that the Vatican revised its stance on contraception


Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

Many applauded Mary McAleese when she spoke out recently against the Vatican's ban on women priests. Yet Mary might have served more women more effectively if she had tackled the Vatican's continued ban on "artificial" contraception.

Only a minority of women yearn to become ordained priests. But virtually all young women are affected by the question of controlling and managing their fertility, and it is surely time that the Vatican revisited - and revised - its 1968 ruling on this issue.

It's evident that large numbers of Catholics not only ignore the doctrine that contraception is against the natural law: they also believe that practising reliable family planning is a responsible practice, as do many individual priests. Some Vaticanologists have discerned that Pope Francis, by such remarks as, "You don't have to breed like rabbits", and his apparent reluctance to re-iterate the protocols of Humanae Vitae, is inclined to agree.

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