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Birth control, IVF, euthanasia


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I think this is long awaited and hope it becomes a reality, that these positions are revisited, this time with the approval of the Church.

A new essay titled Rileggere l’etica teologica della vita,” which translates to English as “Re-reading the theological ethics of life” and was published June 30 in La Civilta’ Cattolica—the Jesuit-led periodical whose content is approved by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State before publication—could place renewed emphasis on this often fraught area of reflection in the life of the church. Interesting times lie ahead if the reflections reported in the essay speak to what may be afoot at the Vatican.

The seminar was itself convened as a response to the work of eight theologians (men and women) who had been commissioned by the same pontifical academy a year before the seminar to reflect on fundamental aspects of the moral theology of life and bioethical concerns that touch on such contentious issues as contraception, in vitro fertilization and the suspension of nutrition and hydration for terminally ill persons. It also took account of what the different disciplines of modern science and technology had to contribute to the discussion at hand.

The subject that is likely to draw most attention is the revisiting of the question regarding the use of artificial contraceptives, discussed in the seventh chapter. The use of contraceptives was rejected by “Humanae Vitae,” but that teaching was to a large extent not accepted in much of the Catholic world. Both in the seminar and in the book it is affirmed that a couple can make a “wise choice” by having recourse to contraceptive techniques, “obviously excluding those that are abortive,” in situations where the “conditions and practical circumstances would make it irresponsible to choose to procreate.” Whether Pope Francis will endorse this position remains to be seen.

“Traditionally, both the magisterium and theological reflection have held that the negative norms bind with greater force,” Father Ferrer wrote in his essay for La Civilta’ Cattolica, “without any exception, independent of the circumstances and consequences.” He said, “This doctrine was vigorously reaffirmed” by John Paul II in his encyclicals ‘Veritatis Splendor’ (1993) and ‘Evangelium Vitae’ (1995).” But, the Puerto Rican Jesuit noted, the text drafted by the theologians of pontifical academy for discussion concludes that this rigorist position has been criticized in recent decades by moral theologians who say it is excessively “rationalist” and leads to “a limited understanding of the moral norm and of the role of conscience.”

Birth control, IVF, euthanasia: The Vatican encouraged dialogue on polarizing life issues. Is a papal encyclical next? | America Magazine

Estro Felino

Believer in free will
Premium Member
That is splendidly insightful and implies the RCC is moving forward.
Human dignity is a Christian concept that is blessed by God. And if science can better and improve people's lifestyle...it is a plus.

I think we should face reality: the great majority of the Catholics who go to Church on every Sunday are responsible married couples who have a sex life and use lots of contraceptives.
Does this make them not Christian? Of course not. That is not what Christianity is about.
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Saint Frankenstein

Wanderer From Afar
Premium Member
At this point, let's just throw out all the teachings. Have a free for all. Then the pews will be as empty as they are in the mainline Protestant churches who have been super liberal for decades. The believing Catholics will just jump ship to Orthodoxy.