|Fr. Josef Fuchs, S.J.|
One of the Pontifical Commission on Population, Family, and Birth-rate’s most able experts was Fr. Josef Fuchs, S.J., Professor of Moral Theology at the Gregorian University and a scholar whose earlier work Fr. John C. Ford, S.J. knew and respected. The previous spring Fuchs had declared that the Church had not taught on contraception in a way that precluded change. But although proponents of change had cast about for an argument that would win his support, he had not then been willing to say that the teaching was mistaken. Now, however, Fuchs had found a satisfying rationale for the moral acceptability of using contraceptives, and was prepared to say that the Church should change her teaching. The Commission’s other proponents of change, most of them not moral theologians, gladly embraced Fuchs’s new rationale.