First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, May 2015
The Bishops did not express disapproval of Contraception Legislation
We are looking at the year 1978 when the Irish Bishops issued a total of three statements, none of which expressed disapproval of proposed legislation which would make the sale and importation of contraceptives legal in Ireland for the first time. We are also looking at the comments of one prophetic professor of moral theology and canon law in regard to those statements, particularly to the statement issued in April of that year.
Again I want to make it very clear that these articles are not simply about criticising bishops but we must also be very clear that our bishops, being human, can and do make mistakes, and if they cause confusion to the faithful in certain statements that they make, then there is an onus on other members of the faithful to speak out and to offer fraternal correction always in a spirit of charity.… Read the rest