Zika Shows It’s Time For The Catholic Church To Rethink Its Stance On Birth Control

Last week Pope Francis implied at a press conference that it would not be an “absolute evil” if women at risk of being infected with the Zika virus used contraception to avoid having babies with a serious, brain-damaging birth defect called microcephaly.

Francis’ comments were more nuanced, and less permissive, than many early reports made it seem. But they suffer from another problem: If it’s OK for women to use birth control to prevent birth defects, why isn’t it OK to use contraception in family planning? Because the scientific evidence suggests, strongly, that contraception saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of women every year. There’s also good evidence contraception reduces the risk of death for infants and children, and improves their lives.

That’s not counting the vast toll that the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception has taken by slowing the use of condoms as a means for preventing thetransmission of HIV and other diseases–just the benefits of giving women control over when and how often they give birth

Source: Zika Shows It’s Time For The Catholic Church To Rethink Its Stance On Birth Control – Forbes

Die Liebe zählt – katholisch.de

Was der Katholik zum Thema Homosexualität zu denken hat, steht im Katechismus: “Eine nicht geringe Anzahl von Männern und Frauen sind homosexuell veranlagt. Sie haben diese Veranlagung nicht selbst gewählt; für die meisten von ihnen stellt sie eine Prüfung dar. Ihnen ist mit Achtung, Mitleid und Takt zu begegnen. Man hüte sich, sie in irgendeiner Weise ungerecht zurückzusetzen.”Der Katechismus stammt aus dem Jahr 1997. Seitdem hat sich vieles verändert. In Deutschland wurde – gegen den Protest der katholischen Kirche – die gleichgeschlechtliche Lebenspartnerschaft eingeführt. Das gesellschaftliche Klima hat sich gedreht: Rechtfertigen muss sich nicht mehr, wer die “Ehe für alle” fordert, sondern wer sie kritisiert.

Source: katholisch.de

Cardinal predicts Synod will allow bishops to make cultural adaptations to church teaching

One of the leading voices among Africa’s bishops predicts a new flexibility in Catholic teaching at this October’s Synod of Bishops on the family, which he predicts will allow bishops in different parts of the world to adapt church teaching on the family to the region’s culture, political landscape and economic situation.“The Catholic Church is a universal institution, both human and divine,” said Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa. “It is not a European church, it is not a Canadian church or a U.S. church. It’s different. The issues families are facing in some parts of the world would be different than in other parts of the world.”

Source: Cardinal predicts Synod will allow bishops to make cultural adaptations to church teaching