Take the reception of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, in which the Church reiterated the ancient, unanimous Christian teaching against contraception. Paul VI issued the statement on July 25, 1968. The next month the Archbishop Plourde of Ottawa wrote his own letter saying that Catholics had the right “to reach a judgement different from that of the Holy Father.” In September, the bishops of Canada gathered in Winnipeg and published a statement saying couples ”may be safely assured that whoever honestly chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.” Bishop Alexander Carter, president of the conference said that he and his brother bishops faced the “necessity of making a statement which many felt could not be a simple ‘Amen,’ a total and formal endorsement of the doctrine of the encyclical.” (Source)
Never heard a sorry or even a simple retraction. And then everyone wonders why the Church and society are in the gutter. Oh well. I guess it’s just us simpletons who get it. Isn’t that what Jesus said, anyway?