Another outstanding Successor of the Apostles casts a discerning eye on the pastoral necessities of the faithful and decides that what they really need is ... sterility.
Encouraged by Pope Benedict's encyclical on love, a Roman Catholic bishop and a group of Christian intellectuals in France are urging the Vatican to reopen the debate on its ban on artificial birth control.
Bishop Francis Deniau told the Catholic magazine Le Pelerin this week that Benedict's first encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love), which was widely praised for the positive way it spoke about sexual love, was a hopeful sign for possible change.
First off, let's scotch any nonsense that would suggest Deniau's not dissenting from the Church's doctrine on contraception. No one urges that a debate be "reopened" unless he wants it closed again in a different way.
Deniau, bishop of Nevers in eastern France, noted that a papal commission had advised in 1966 to allow [contraception], but Pope Paul ignored their recommendation after consulting several cardinals, including the future Pope John Paul.
"The analyses made by the first commission in 1966, which did not condemn contraception, are worth being reviewed and debated," Deniau said.
On the contrary, the "analysis" of the Birth Control Commission was so badly flawed and so quickly demolished that no one, including its own authors, can be found to defend it. It has, as Prof. John Finnis shows, "disappeared without trace," and those same authors and other contraception fans have had to patch together alternative schemes -- a series of alternative schemes -- to explain God's newfound love for sodomy, high-tech onanism, and the color advertisements in America magazine. Yet even on the level of mattress praxis, it seems the good Bishop of Nevers is somewhat behind the curve in the Sterility Stakes:
[Deniau] said many Catholics found they could not follow the "rhythm method" of family planning.
Great job, your Grace, of reading the signs of the times! It's not hard to see why your dying French diocese has a total of six seminarians, while the Diocese of Lincoln, for example, containing half the number of Catholics, has thirty-five. And with Christian Europe in a demographic death-spiral, it's all too fitting that you should reduce Deus Caritas Est to a commentary on "Billy Elliot." God knows who'll follow you in your present job, but we can be pretty sure his episcopal motto will be Allahu akbar!.
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Feb. 18, 2006 4:51 PM ET USA
Bishop Deniau... confusing the people by his own confusion about Natural Family Planning and some "rhythm method" of family planning... Help us, dear Jesus, we have yet another "successor of the Apostles" who has stepped away from Holy Mother Church and is marching to the rhythm of his own Satanic agenda. Pray for Rome to invoke Canon 401-2 for Bishop Deniau, for the good of the Church. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Saint Josemaria Escriva, pray for us!
Posted by: -
Feb. 17, 2006 5:45 PM ET USA
Bishop Deniau will be 70 this year. Another '60s liberal resurfacing for one last outrageous moment before time finally runs out on him. Amazing how so many of the '60s generation have grown older but not wiser. It's as if 40 years of chaos have taught them nothing.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Feb. 17, 2006 5:33 PM ET USA
I was disappointed the Bishop did not enquire about the Vatican position on Dental Dams.
Posted by: Ross Dee -
Feb. 17, 2006 2:25 PM ET USA
I guess the Bishop is like most of this world. If what Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his (God is Love) encyclical, triggered the thought in the Bishop's mind,to revist the debate on contraception, he still has no clue what real love is.Has the Bishop really focused on the crucifix lately?.Maybe, the corpus has been removed from the crosses in France. Bishop, tell the couples, just because their married, does not mean that they should'nt practice some abstence, it builds character, purity and love.
Posted by: -
Feb. 17, 2006 12:36 PM ET USA
This is not intended as an ad hominem attack. But it is obvious that such a statement is made possible only after abandoning the faith.
Posted by: www.inquisition.ca -
Feb. 17, 2006 9:19 AM ET USA
Bishop Francis Deniau makes me ashamed to be half French-Canadian. Maybe we could put a big "delicate veil of latex" (i.e. condom) over his head, and sell him in America magazine, as a reminder to all Seminary Directors: "This is what comes out of Seminaries, when Quality Control isn't there."
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Feb. 17, 2006 8:58 AM ET USA