J. CARROLL INSTITUTE ON CHURCH AND SOCIAL ISSUES
THE PRESENT MOMENT IS CRUCIAL. THE WORK TO BE DONE IS URGENT.
|COMMENTARY | CHURCH & SOCIETY|
a kite in a thunderstorm
President Aquino may be chuckling behind his hand at the way in which his remark about “responsible parenthood” put a cat in the chicken coop. Amid the excited cackling that followed the President’s remark, it took Prof. Bernardo Villegas of Opus Dei to remind listeners on Radio Veritas that responsible parenthood is part of the Catholic moral tradition. Popes and bishops around the world as well as Philippine bishops have many times used it in insisting that, while a new life is a gift from God, parents should not procreate indiscriminately. Rather, they should strive, using natural family planning (NFP) if called for, to have only the number of children that they can provide for properly.
doesn’t the CBCP support responsible parenthood?
Catholic debate over fertility regulation is now so muddled that
even the bishops seem to have become confused.
of the Pious, Church of the Poor
One warm evening in Lent, at Mass at Our Lady of X in my favorite blue sundress, I was roused from devout drowsiness when the priest—my favorite canon lawyer—uttered the words “dress code.”