New Vatican document on family and procreation

New Vatican document on family and procreation

Apparently, for the first time today, the Catholic Church has condemned abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and other misuses of sexuality and procreation, at least if the breathless reports by the mainstream media are to be believed.

What actually happened is that the Pontifical Council for the Family has released a major document summarizing the Church’s teaching entitled, “Family and Human Procreation.” Of course because every pronouncement from the Church on morality must be framed as a series of negatives, the MSM, such as the Associated Press, say something like the following:

The Vatican issued a sweeping condemnation Tuesday of contraception, abortion, in-vitro fertilization and same-sex marriage, declaring that the traditional family has never been so threatened as in today’s world.

The document was issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, whose head, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, is a strong opponent of the use of condoms under any circumstances.

Note the characterization of Lopez Trujillo. He’s a Catholic cardinal. What a world we live in when such a stance can’t be taken for granted. This is nothing new or groundbreaking, but on a slow news day, the media has to pump it up.

The document doesn’t break new ground, but summarizes the Church’s teaching and looks at its place in contemporary society, in which it says that “Never before in history has human procreation, and therefore the family, which is its natural place, been so threatened as in today’s culture.”

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