New Year's Resolutions for a Cardinal (#6)
Issue a pastoral letter that explains the evils of contraception and sterilization. In it, apologize to the laity for any times in the past 40 years that any priests have told them to "use your own conscience" about contraception.
Tell your flock that the Pill is an abortifacient: That often it does not prevent conception, it aborts a new baby who has already been conceived. Tell your flock that on average, women on the Pill unwittingly abort one baby each year, and that, as one priest has pointed out, this means Catholic women on the Pill are unknowingly aborting babies even while they are going up the aisle to receive Communion.
Tell your flock that contraception does not cut the number of abortions, it increases them. Contraception backer Dr. Malcolm Potts admitted this years ago, as did abortionist Dr. Judith Bury and others, and it remains true today.
Tell your flock that contraception and abortion are linked, and condemn the "babies are bad" contraceptive mentality that causes people to resort to abortion when their contraceptives fail, as they inevitably do even over quite short periods of time.
Tell your flock that contraception seriously endangers and harms women's health and that it undermines and wrecks marriages by putting limits on spouses' self-giving, which to be truly fulfilling needs to be without reservations and therefore open to transmitting life. Spouses' mutual gift of self needs to be 100 percent; contraception makes that impossible.
Tell your flock that Natural Family Planning (NFP) is allowed for grave reasons for a period of time but not indefinitely. Explain that NFP today truly works, that couples say it enhances their marriage and that it is completely different from, and far more advanced than, the no longer used "rhythm method" of 50 years ago.
Cite to your flock these words of Pope John Paul II in L'Osservatore Romano, October 10, 1983: "...contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly unlawful as never to be, for any reason, justified. To think or say the contrary is equal to maintaining that in human life situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God."
And tell your flock that the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2370) calls contraception "intrinsically evil."