September 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth commended the hundreds of Catholic scholars who released a defense of Church teaching on contraception as a group of dissidents blasted it at the United Nations.
“It is so encouraging to see a broad group of Catholic scholars standing up to promote and defend the Church’s teaching on married love and responsible parenthood and the fact that contraception and sterilization are morally unacceptable and cannot lead a couple to the happiness they desire,” Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, wrote.
The statement, Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, refuted the claims made in a newly-released report from the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research that there is a case for the Catholic Church to label artificial contraception “morally legitimate and even morally obligatory.”
The Affirmation was released the same day opponents of Catholic teaching presented the Wijngaards statement at the United Nations urging world leaders to pressure the Catholic Church to change.
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