Dolan does say that a lack of clarity on Catholic teachings regarding sex is partly to blame for the recent furor over contraception; even many Catholics don’t understand the Church’s prohibition of birth control, and use it without scruple.
For this he faults the church leadership. “We have gotten gun-shy . . . in speaking with any amount of cogency on chastity and sexual morality.” He dates this diffidence to “the mid- and late ‘60s, when the whole world seemed to be caving in, and where Catholics in general got the impression that what the Second Vatican Council taught, first and foremost, is that we should be chums with the world, and that the best thing the church can do is become more and more like everybody else.” (Source)
Well…better late than never.
But let’s stop passing the buck, your Eminence. Your predecessors all but Judasized on the most fundamental issue of our time. You, your Eminence, you and your brother bishops don’t get a free pass either. All I hear is you talking about “religious freedom” being under attack. That’s not good enough. That’s not the principal issue here, even though you keep saying it is.
You need to start getting at the root of the problem and challenging American Catholics to learn and live what the Church teaches about human sexuality and how contraception is an attack on it. If you don’t step up to the plate here, your successors will be saying the same thing about you as you are saying now about your predecessors.
Please, let’s have a healthy balance of defending religious freedom but also teaching the truth about contraception. We can’t afford “the leadership” wussing out….again.