US Bishops Conference Set to
Release Document on Contraception and the Culture of Life
Wednesday October 4, 2006
By John-Henry Westen
WASHINGTON, October 4, 2006
(LifeSiteNews.com) - At the fall meeting of the United Stated Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which will take place November 13-16, the Bishops will
be asked to give final approval to a document on contraception. A media
advisory from the USCCB notes that the bishops will vote on approval of "a
document from the Pro-Life Committee offering pastoral guidance on the Church's
teaching concerning contraception, linked with a culture of life."
The issue of contraception has
launched back onto the public scene in recent months with the attempt of
pro-abortion forces to drive a wedge within the pro-life movement. The
most notable move has come from pro-abortion activist Senator Hilary Clinton who
spoke of reducing abortion by turning to contraception, abortifacient
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for
Life told LifeSiteNews.com that he was "very much looking forward to the
document on contraception". He noted that the concern over contraception
has been recognized by the whole pro-life movement, not only Catholics.
"Many groups that I work with both Catholic and Protestant alike are discovering
the importance of working on this problem which is at the heart of the culture
of death," he said.
Fr. Pavone added that the real
test will be in applying the teachings on contraception both in our personal
lives and by priests in parishes. "Will the priests, will the people use
them, is the real question," he told LifeSiteNews.com.
Other documents of interest are
up for approval at the bishops' fall meeting. Two documents from their
Doctrine Committee are also on the agenda for approval. One is a proposed
statement on receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist worthily (which might be
applied to the situation of persistently pro-abortion Catholic politicians), and
the other, proposed guidelines for ministry to persons with a homosexual