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 Contents - Dec 2013AD2000 December 2013 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: A Christmas Wish - Peter Westmore
Pope Francis to canonise John Paul II and John XXIII next April - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Obituary: Cardinal Pell's tribute to Bishop William Brennan - Cardinal George Pell
Benedict XVI corresponds with an atheist mathematician - Joseph Trabbic
Inspirational Young Men of God retreat - Br Barry Coldrey
Catechesis and liturgy: an unbreakable bond - Bishop Arthur Serratelli
Schools: Catholic school education: returning to our roots - Paul McCormack
Christifidelis Laici: vocation and mission of the lay faithful (1) - Anne Lastman
Christifidelis Laici: vocation and mission of the lay faithful (2) - Anne Lastman
Letters: Morality of contraception - John Ramsey
Letters: Right of conscience - Marian Grima
Letters: Errors - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Availability of RU486 - Owen Charles
Books: HOLY SEE, UNHOLY ME by Tim Fischer - John Barich (reviewer)
Books: POPE FRANCIS: The Pope from the End of the Earth, by Thomas J. Craughwell - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Fighting Fund: Progress on 2013 Fighting Fund - Peter Westmore
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Reflection: Benedict XVI's Christmas homily: 'Make room for God' - Benedict XVI

On the question of contraception in marriage, Dr Frank Mobbs is in error, as with his assertion (August AD2000) that "total love of husband and wife is quite compatible with the use of contraceptives" and "in the majority of cases would involve no harm to anyone".

Also questionable is his claim that among married contracepting Anglican prelates and Orthodox priests he finds it "hard to believe they are defying God and that they do not love their wives" and "may be acting in harmony with the teaching of Humanae Vitae (October AD2000).

Dr Mobbs fails to quote what follows immediately after his quote: "If they further reflect, they must also recognize that an act of mutual love which impairs the capacity to transmit life which God the Creator, through specific laws, has built into it, frustrates His design which constitutes the norm of marriage, and contradicts the will of the Author of life. Hence to use this divine gift while depriving it, even if only partially, of its meaning and purpose, is equally repugnant to the nature of man and of woman, and is consequently in opposition to the plan of God and His holy will."

Humanae Vitae also teaches under "Unlawful Birth Control Methods" (14), that "Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong."

Such an attitude towards the Church's definitive teaching against contraception also overlooks the fact that after nearly 2,000 years of agreement, the Anglican capitulation to contraception in 1930 at the Lambeth Conference was followed in the same year by Pope Pius XI's encyclical Casti Connubii which condemned contraception.

Neither Anne Lastman's article on Humanae Vitae (November AD2000) nor the abridged text of Bishop Egan's statement in the same issue, refer to Casti Connubii, but the clear and definitive nature of this condemnation is worthy of recall.

The need is for the clear formation of youth in families, schools, parishes and Catholic media of these virtues and values so clearly taught by the Magisterium for virtuous family life, and for that to be re-emphasised by pastors.

Springwood, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 11 (December 2013 - January 2014), p. 15

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