Oh wow. Thanks for the article BBB. Seeing that it was written in 2006 was shocking; they were exactly on target for what was happening.
Critics Urge Pope to Lift Birth Control Ban
Critics Urge Pope to Lift Birth Control Ban
July 25, 2008
More than 50 dissident Catholic groups published an unusually frank open letter to Pope Benedict on Friday saying the Church's ban on contraception has been "catastrophic" and urging him to lift it.
The letter was published as a paid half-page advertisement in Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest newspaper, on the 40th anniversary of the late Pope Paul VI's controversial encyclical "Humanae Vitae," which enshrined the ban.
While criticism of the Vatican and its views is fairly common in articles and editorials in Italian newspapers, it is unusual for a group to take out paid advertising against the pope, particularly in a large-circulation mainstream newspaper.
The letter, written in Italian, said the Church's anti-contraception policy "has had a catastrophic impact on the poor and powerless around the world, endangering women's lives and leaving millions at risk of HIV."
It also said that 40 years on, the encyclical continued to be "a source of great conflict and division in the Church" and because most Catholics use contraception and feel they are not sinning, the policy has been "an utter failure."
Pope Paul's encyclical, written in 1968, has been defended by his successors John Paul and Benedict.
The Church teaches that nothing should block the possible transmission of life and approves only natural methods of birth control such as the rhythm method, in which a couple abstain from intercourse during a woman's fertile time.
Paul's encyclical, written at the height of the 1960s sexual revolution, is perhaps the most controversial and divisive in modern Church history.
As recently as last May, Benedict defended the encyclical as far-sighted and said it was "all too often misunderstood and misinterpreted."
'GIFT OF LIFE'
At the time, Benedict said love between a married couple could not "remain closed to the gift of life."
The letter was signed by groups such as Catholics for Choice, which is U.S. based, We Are Church, which has branches in numerous countries, and New Ways Ministry, which helps minister to gay Catholics.
"We thought the establishment in Rome and the Vatican pay close attention to the Italian media and the letter would be seen by the people to whom we want to deliver this message," Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, told Reuters by telephone from Washington.
The Vatican said it would likely issue a statement on the letter later on Friday.
"It is clear to us that the Catholic church cannot move forward until it honestly confronts the paradox of Humanae Vitae," the letter said.
"Most Catholics use modern contraceptives, believe it is a moral choice to do so and consider themselves Catholics in good standing, yet the Catholic hierarchy completely denies this reality, forcing the clergy into silence on this and most other issues related to sexuality," it said.
The letter concluded:
"Pope Benedict, we call on you to use to use this anniversary as an opportunity to start the process of healing by being true to the positive aspects of Catholic teachings on sexuality and lifting the ban on contraception to allow Catholics to plan their families safely and in good conscience."
"What happens when only the rich can afford Birth Control?"
there are two possibilities. The first one, the more 'tame' answer, is that rival companies see this open niche and undercut each other to mass-produce existing birth control pills at affordable prices. The other possibility is Eugenics. Us rich folk take birth control pills, and have 2 kids that we can nurture and take care of. Them poor folk have 9-10 babies that they won't be able to take care of. Us rich folk have all the money and good jobs, them poor folk develop into a servant caste.
Us rich folk have all the money and good jobs, them poor folk develop into a servant caste.
Or, alternatively, the poor literally bathe in the blood of the rich, as they did in the streets of Paris in September, 1792.
If the rich can afford birth control and others cannot, then the rich shall not inherit the earth.
well said , farmerman !
(but i wouldn't bet any money on it)
while there are many individual exceptions to the rule, generally better genetics results it more wealth. We have studies that show that the beautiful are rewarded economically, and obviously the more healthy are rewarded because they can do better physical work and get sick less often. Also, there is a link between genetics and intelligence.
So, if only the wealthy can afford birth control the result would be a weakening of the human gene pool, the individuals with inferior genes would procreate better than the strong genetic individuals would.