The Lombardi Intervention: FrankenPope has definitively tossed Humanae vitae under the bus

[Tom posted this as a comment, but I’d like to pull it up front and center. The way I see it, the Frick and Frack tag team just effectively overturned the prohibition on artificial contraception. That is to say, how will they walk this back, especially when they both favor it? Next, will Lombardi get to elevate “therapeutic” abortion to a “special urgency” option? Recall how, under Ratzinger, he defended the excommunicated abortionists in Brazil.]

BREAKING: Vatican affirms Pope was speaking about contraceptives for Zika

…Fr. Lombardi told Vatican Radio today, “The contraceptive or condom, in particular cases of emergency or gravity, could be the object of discernment in a serious case of conscience. This is what the Pope said.”

According to Lombardi, the pope spoke of “the possibility of taking recourse to contraception or condoms in cases of emergency or special situations. He is not saying that this possibility is accepted without discernment, indeed, he said clearly that it can be considered in cases of special urgency.”

Lombardi reiterated the example that Pope Francis made of Pope Paul VI’s supposed “authorization of the use of the pill for the religious who were at very serious risk” of rape. This, said Lombardi, “makes us understand that it is not that it was a normal situation in which this was taken into account.”

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2 comments on “The Lombardi Intervention: FrankenPope has definitively tossed Humanae vitae under the bus

  1. Pius XI, Casti connubii

    54. But no reason, however grave, may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good. Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.

    55. Small wonder, therefore, if Holy Writ bears witness that the Divine Majesty regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death. As St. Augustine notes, “Intercourse even with one’s legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Juda, did this and the Lord killed him for it.”

    56. Since, therefore, openly departing from the uninterrupted Christian tradition some recently have judged it possible solemnly to declare another doctrine regarding this question, the Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and purity of morals, standing erect in the midst of the moral ruin which surrounds her, in order that she may preserve the chastity of the nuptial union from being defiled by this foul stain, raises her voice in token of her divine ambassadorship and through Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.

    57. We admonish, therefore, priests who hear confessions and others who have the care of souls, in virtue of Our supreme authority and in Our solicitude for the salvation of souls, not to allow the faithful entrusted to them to err regarding this most grave law of God; much more, that they keep themselves immune from such false opinions, in no way conniving in them. If any confessor or pastor of souls, which may God forbid, lead the faithful entrusted to him into these errors or should at least confirm them by approval or by guilty silence, let him be mindful of the fact that he must render a strict account to God, the Supreme Judge, for the betrayal of his sacred trust, and let him take to himself the words of Christ: “They are blind and leaders of the blind: and if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.

    61. However, they should take care lest the calamitous state of their external affairs should be the occasion for a much more calamitous error. No difficulty can arise that justifies the putting aside of the law of God which forbids all acts intrinsically evil. There is no possible circumstance in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted.

  2. So let’s get this perfectly straight.

    The Vicar of Christ does not ask for people to exercise self control in the face of the Zika virus threat, just as they might, for example, refrain from sexual relations if the mother had a serious heart condition. Rather, they should go ahead and have all the sex they want, but use immoral means, banned by the Church, to eliminate the consequences of their actions.

    And this comes from the Vicar of Christ in another one of his appalling airplane theology sessions.

    Two questions:
    1. When will this Vicar of Christ stop making doctrinal and moral pronouncements while strutting up and down the aisle of an airplane?
    2. When will this Vicar of Christ stop making heretical and scandalous statements?

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