…The prelate stressed the essential role of obedience in promoting a culture of life, and lamented that even some bishops had openly dissented from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Church’s opposition to contraception.
“A most tragic example of the lack of obedience of faith, also on the part of certain Bishops, was the response of many to the Encyclical Letter Humanae vitae,” he said. “If the shepherd is not obedient, the flock easily gives way to confusion and error.”
“The so-called ‘contraceptive mentality’ is essentially anti-life,” the cardinal insisted. “Many forms of so-called contraception are, in fact, abortifacient, that is, they destroy, at its beginning, a life which has already been conceived.”
“Through the spread of the contraceptive mentality, especially among the young, human sexuality is no longer seen as the gift of God, which draws a man and a woman together, in a bond of lifelong and faithful love, crowned by the gift of new human life, but, rather, as a tool for personal gratification,” he explained.
Correcting this “contraceptive thinking,” he said, is “essential to the advancement of the culture of life.”… (Source)
Thank you Cardinal Burke for telling it like it is. Let us pray that the Canadian bishops repent of their most grievous assault on the unity of Holy Mother Church through their act of ecclesiastical contraception.
The much touted “New Evangelization” is going no where unless we get some of that OLD evangelization which includes being honest about our mistakes and unrepentance.
The bishops need to repent of the Winnipeg Statement and start getting serious about contraception. That means, preaching about it….vigorously.