It’s November 2005 and my friend Tony and I have a meeting with Archbishop Marcel Gervais, the Archbishop of Ottawa at that time. We’re visiting the Archbishop to get support for our upcoming Humanae Vitae 2006 – A New Beginning conference for the following year in May 2006. In the course of our conversation with him about the conference, we discuss the Winnipeg Statement. Most of that conversation is confidential and therefore I am not at liberty to give many details. However, I remember one memorable part of it that I would like to share with Socon or Bust readers. During the conversation, I told the Archbishop that contraception not only divided husbands and wives from one another, it divided children from their parents and it divided society. If we look at western culture today, indeed contraception has done just that. Before the sexual revolution, Canada and much of the West was largely cohesive and homogenous because the family was largely intact. Strong families lead to healthy and vibrant societies, strong in their identity and in their unity within families and among families. After contraception was accepted, families started to fall apart, and, along with them, the West.
But then I said something to the Archbishop that shocked even me since it had never occurred to me before that moment. Perhaps it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit because after I said it, I still did not grasp its significance. (Today, I grasp it completely, and it scares me). “Your Grace”, I said at the time, “contraception separates the priests and the bishops from the laity.” After I said it, the Archbishop gave me a puzzled look. And to be honest, I was as puzzled as he was since I myself was trying to figure out what I had just said. I remember mumbling some kind of tortured explanation to him to help clarify the statement, but I wasn’t much help. Trying to save myself any more embarrassment, I changed the subject and quickly moved on to something else. But looking back now in light of the D&P abortion scandal, the insight that I shared with the Archbishop a few years ago has taken on whole new proportions.
Let me explain.
The Winnipeg Statement was the Canadian pastoral excuse given to Catholics which permitted them to use contraception “in good conscience”. Therefore anything we can say about contraception, we can say about the Winnipeg Statement. It caused divorce. It caused family break up. It provided the foundation and impetus for abortion on demand (In fact, the birth control pill IS the abortion pill). With the principle of sterile sex accepted by the culture, it was the moral and logical foundation for same-sex “marriage”. And on and on it goes. So, for all these things, the Winnipeg Statement and contraception were responsible.
All these things are quite apparent and logical. Anyone who is honest with the facts will see the great disaster that the Winnipeg Statement and contraception have exacted upon Canadian society. Our bishops won’t admit it, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Back when Humanae Vitae was issued in 1968, Pope Paul VI predicted what would happen and it did happen just like he said, but the Canadian bishops wanted a “Canadian solution” to contraception. Through their disobedience and dissent, we’ve been paying dearly for their “solution” the last 40 years. And the bishops, in their arrogance and pride, still haven’t called out the elephant in the room.
But while the disaster within the family is something we can logically and naturally trace back to contraception because of its subsequent effects and its logical connection to the principle of separation, we have not yet fully appreciated the disastrous effects of contraception on the mystical body of Christ itself and, in particular, the clerical and the lay states. This is where my statement to the Archbishop, Contraception separates the priests and the bishops from the laity, becomes all the more relevant.
We are told in the Catechism that Christian marriage becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ and the Church:
1617 The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Already Baptism, the entry into the People of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath which precedes the wedding feast, the Eucharist. Christian marriage in its turn becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ and the Church. Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament of the New Covenant.. (Source)
It is therefore not merely a similarity or a loose parallel between the two unions. We have a very mysterious and mystical relationship between the marriage of a man and a woman on the one hand, and the marriage of Christ, the Bridegroom, to the Church, His Bride on the other hand (Eph.5:22-32). In fact, the imagery of the union between Christ and the Church is one of spousal intimacy (Mark 2:19-20, Rev.19-7-8, Rev.21:1-2), and as St. Paul says above, Christian marriage is a sign of the covenant, of the love and the intimacy which exists between Christ and the Church which is communicated through the giving and receiving of the Eucharist.
Now, if it is true that marriage is a sign of the covenant, what happens if marriage becomes corrupted through contraception? What does that do to the sign of this covenant? The answer, of course, is that when marriage is undermined and attacked, then so too is the covenant itself. An attack on one sacrament is an attack on all. And therefore the attack on one sacrament is an attack on the unity of the body and the communication within that body. Consequently, we can see how introducing the corrupting influence of contraception into the marital embrace will undermine the unity that exists between Christ and the Church. And with respect to my conversation with the Archbishop, we can likewise see how the unity between those ministers (bishops and priests) who act in Christ’s person as His bridegroom on the one side, and His bride, the laity, on the other side will also be weakened and undercut. That’s why I said: Contraception separates the priests and the bishops from the laity. Isn’t that what has happened during the last 40 years? Delinquent fathers and prodigal sons and daughters are more the norm than they are the exception these days. In fact, look at Canadian culture today; its segments are more divided and antagonistic towards one another than ever in its history.
Before the children started practicing sexual contraception, however, the episcopacy had given into ecclesiastical contraception by separating themselves from Rome’s teaching. 40 years ago on September 27, 2008 in Winnipeg, the bishops of Canada let the snake into the Garden. They dissented from Humanae Vitae. They believed the snake and disbelieved God. They believed the lie which promised the children a false sexual utopia with all of the fun and none of the responsibilities. We could now engage in contraception “in good conscience”. But just like consequences that befell our first parents in the Garden of Eden, the consequences of believing the devil and turning away from God on the subject of sexual intimacy have left us in a barren wasteland. 40 years after the rebellion, we’ve learned and seen what a massive fraud the Winnipeg Statement was.
In these 40 years, the Snake of Winnipeg has slithered its way though the Church, leaving death and destruction in its wake. It started first with marriages, then the relationship between parents and children. As the fallout spread, the Canadian nation – which is, in its substance made up of families – started to erode and decline. Because contraception was a comprehensive attack, it not only attacked the unity of marriage but the unity within the church, the mystical body of Christ. As discussed above, the principal attack and separation of this unity occured between those consecrated to the Lord (bishops, priests) and the laity.
But that’s not all.
You see, the Snake of Winnipeg is now making to its final journey right into the heart of Catholic episcopal unity. It took 40 years, but just like same-sex “marriage”, it was all but inevitable once the Winnipeg Statement opened the door to contraception. That snake, that murderer from the beginning, has now arrived and is presenting himself now in this whole D&P abortion scandal as the wedge between those bishops who support the Winnipeg Statement and those who do not. Why do I say this? Because those bishops who support D&P are the same bishops who support the Winnipeg Statement with few, if any, exceptions. That is not a coincidence. D&P was established one year before the Winnipeg Statement was released. And slowly, but surely, over the last 40 years, it has given shelter and promotion to what the Winnipeg Statement advocated. Those who support the Winnipeg Statement are the same bishops who have accepted proportionalism. And proportionalism is the same philosophical error now being used to justify partnering with D&P’s pro-abortion partners, not to mention the soft abortion policy of St. Joseph’s hospital in London, Ontario.
Msgr. Foy has been warning the bishops and pleading with them for 40 years to turn back. The Rosarium has been doing likewise for the past 6 years. They would not listen to us. They would not listen to Rome. They would not listen to Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition or 2000 years of Christian teaching. So now, 40 years later, the Snake of Winnipeg has come to take its rightful place in the middle of the Catholic episcopacy in this country. It’s going to slither right up on its throne when the bishops of Canada meet again to discuss the D&P abortion scandal. It will then show them just how divided they are.
You can’t run forever. Sooner or later, a price must be paid for dissent. Just like no marriage can survive an adulterous affair without repentance, neither can a Church survive without repenting of its adultery and harlotry — its spiritual sodomy. Even to this day, the Canadian bishops are still in the state of ecclesiastical contraception from Rome.
And, in a short time, just like what has happened to the Canadian family, it’s about to tear them apart.