Posts Tagged ‘Contraception’

Vatican plays down papal talk on birth control and virus Comments 2

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Vatican has dampened claims Pope Francis has signalled a significant relaxation of the Church’s ban on contraception as a response to the Zika virus outbreak. In a press conference aboard the papal flight to Rome from Mexico, Francis was asked if the grave nature of the virus – which is linked to serious birth Read more

Zika virus poses dilemma for Church Comments 0

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The outbreak of the Ziak virus has created a dilemma for the church says Quentin de la Bedoyere. It is strongly suspected, though not fully proven, that, in some pregnant women, it causes microcephaly in the foetus. (Microcephaly is a severe shrinkage of the brain, which damages brain function.) Writing in the Catholic Herald Quentin Read more

Church silence forecast on contraception and Zika virus Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Two Jesuit academics expect the Church will stay silent on married couples using contraception in countries where the Zika virus is active. Health officials in some Latin American nations have advised women not to get pregnant. This is because the virus, which is typically transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been linked to cases Read more

Contraception: Family First and Family Planning agree Comments 0

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Both Family First and Family Planning agree that careful consideration should be given before someone under that age of 16 is put on some form of contraception. While family Planning say, “the general idea is to have it before it’s needed,” they say caution must be exercised. “There’s no minimal age, but there are cautions Read more

Theologian slams making Humanae Vitae into fetish Comments 3

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

An Irish theologian has slated US bishops for making “Humanae Vitae” into a “fetish” by which the Catholic Church is publicly known. Augustinian Fr Gabriel Daly said the 1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI which banned contraception had never been accepted by the Church at large. The priest, 88, said this is in a lecture Read more

David Attenborough backs assisted dying, slams Church Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

UK broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has given qualified support to assisted dying and has criticised the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception. Speaking on the BBC’s Costing the Earth programme, Sir David was asked if he supported the right to die. “I suppose I do really, but [only] if you could solve all the problems of Read more

US Catholic doctor does about face on contraception Comments 1

Friday, November 13th, 2015

A US woman has reacted with hurt and shock after her Catholic physician abruptly stopped prescribing contraception for her, citing religion. Leslie Gauthier posted the letter she received from her “ob-gyn” from Jackson, Mississippi, on Facebook. The Catholic doctor stated:” I am sending you this letter to notify you that as a Catholic physician, I Read more

Family – Bishops must listen to lay people with deep empathy Comments 1

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Sharron Cole, president of Parents Centres New Zealand,  says Synod bishops lacked understanding in a host of areas affecting Catholic people’s lives. Cole was a New Zealand observer at the 2015 Synod on Families. She is calling on the church to listen “with deep empathy” to lay people and to “re-examine its teaching on marriage and Read more

New Zealander will raise issue of Contraception at Synod Comments 1

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Sharron Cole, one of the delegates from New Zealand at the Synod on Families, will raise the issue of contraception in her three-minute speech and a written submission. “It has caused enormous angst [and anxiety], and probably the majority of Catholics, in the western world anyway, ignore the church’s teaching on contraception,” said Cole. “Even Read more

UK survey points to issues ‘strangling’ Church Comments 0

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A survey by a UK group committed to the reforms of Vatican II has highlighted issues its authors say are strangling the Church. A survey of 342 people, mostly Catholic, earlier this year by A Call To Action describes a widening gap between Church teaching on sexual and family ethics and the opinion and practice Read more