The Archdiocese of Montreal is currently advertising a fundraiser for a Jesuit think-tank that features a keynote address by one of Canada’s leading advocates for dissent against Church teaching. The ad is for a benefit evening on Monday, May 30th to support the work of the Jesuit’s ‘Centre justice et foi’ (Justice and Faith Centre), which distinguished itself in May 2010 by denouncing Cardinal Marc Ouellet after he proclaimed the Church’s respect for the life of the unborn even when they are conceived in rape. The event, which is meant to honour the Centre’s late founding director Fr. Julien Harvey, will feature a keynote address by Gregory Baum, who’s infamous for his long opposition to the Catholic Church on issues such as contraception, hOmosexuality and priestly celibacy. Baum, a former priest who married a divorced former nun without having sought laicization, is particularly notorious for helping rally opposition to Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Church’s condemnation of contraception. But since then, he was a prominent activist for same-s@x “marriage,” and was co-founder of the liberal Catholic New Times, which sought to undermine Catholic teaching from its inception in 1976.
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Contraception:Fatal to the Faith and to Eternal Life
by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
We affirm in this article that the deliberate practice of contraception between husband and wife is objectively a mortal sin. Those who persist in its practice are acting contrary to the explicit teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. They may protest that they are Catholic. They may profess to be Catholics. But their conduct belies their profession.
Someone may object that we are living in a contraceptive society. Moreover, the silence of so many bishops and the overt teaching of so many nominally Catholic moralists defending contraception forbids our saying that contraception and the Catholic faith are incompatible.
In the light of all the foregoing, let me address myself to the following topics which collectively prove the underlying thesis of this article.
The Catholic Church teaches infallible doctrine, both in faith and morals.
This infallible teaching is done by the Church's extraordinary and by her ordinary universal authority or magisterium.
The grave sinfulness of contraception is taught infallibly by the Church's ordinary universal teaching authority.
Therefore, those who defend contraception forfeit their claim to being professed Catholics.
Consequently, those who persist in their defense of contraception, deprive themselves of the divine graces which are reserved to bona fide members of the Roman Catholic Church.
What have been the consequences of contraception in one once-civilized nation after another?
They have been myriad. But I would give especially seven, which may be listed in sequence.
Breakdown of the family; and
Murder of the unborn.
Always nice to know the clergy are helping us along...
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