“Many” bishops advised Paul VI to accept contraception, Vatican author reports 

[19 of only 26 bishops who responded of only 200 polled of the worldwide 2500!  Nonetheless, part of the current movement to undermine the encyclical’s authority?  The inclusion of Cardinals Wright and Sheehan among the pro-Pillers is interesting: Wright was prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy which overruled Wasington Cardinal O’Boyle’s 1968 suspension of 19 priests who publicly opposed Humanae Vitae; Sheehan looked the other way on clerical dissent in his Archdiocese of Baltimore! – AQ Tom]
Catholic World News – 7/11/18
The priest who heads a Vatican study group on Humanae Vitae has written that when Pope Paul VI asked bishops for their opinions, most of those who responded were in favor of allowing for contraception. In a new book, Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo reports that at the Synod of Bishops in 1967, Pope Paul asked for opinions. Only 26 bishops responded, but most of them— including the American Cardinals Shehan, Krol, Dearden, and Wright— suggested some opening to contraception. Among those who opposed the Pill were Bishops Fulton Sheen and Karol Wotyla, the future Pope John Paul II.
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