The issue of contraception has launched back onto the public scene in recent months with the attempt of pro-abortion forces to drive a wedge within the pro-life movement. The most notable move has come from pro-abortion activist Senator Hilary Clinton who spoke of reducing abortion by turning to contraception, abortifacient contraception included.
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life told LifeSiteNews.com that he was "very much looking forward to the document on contraception". He noted that the concern over contraception has been recognized by the whole pro-life movement, not only Catholics. "Many groups that I work with both Catholic and Protestant alike are discovering the importance of working on this problem which is at the heart of the culture of death," he said.
Fr. Pavone added that the real test will be in applying the teachings on contraception both in our personal lives and by priests in parishes. "Will the priests, will the people use them, is the real question," he told LifeSiteNews.com.
Other documents of interest are up for approval at the bishops' fall meeting. Two documents from their Doctrine Committee are also on the agenda for approval. One is a proposed statement on receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist worthily (which might be applied to the situation of persistently pro-abortion Catholic politicians), and the other, proposed guidelines for ministry to persons with a homosexual inclination.
It's truly fabulous to see the USCCB taking a proactive approach to guide the consciences of Catholics vis a vis how Catholics are required to vote and who is exploiting the Blessed Sacrament.
We could well have a new era on our hands at the USCCB.