a fine Florida bishop
By Jeff Ziegler ( articles ) | Nov 11, 2003
Bishop Victor Galeone, the bishop of St. Augustine since 2001, is a staunch defender of Humanae Vitae (click, then scroll down to "from the bishop"). In July, he issued an excellent pastoral letter on marriage. Three weeks ago, he said:
No, the Church is not a democracy. Thirty-five years ago, Peter, the Rock, in the person of Paul VI refused to bend his knee to the Baal of modern-day sensuality. Instead, he reminded the world that the love embrace between husband and wife must reflect the love union between Jesus and his Bride the Church. Of one thing I am absolutely convinced: Either Humanae Vitae is the bedrock for the future of the human race or the human race has no future at all. If anyone feels that I am overstating my case, I ask you to consider these facts: Europe is dying. All European countries are below the replacement level rate of 2.1 children per couple....
Nothing strikes a deeper blow to the fullness of human reality than contraception. All that is human-- all human endeavors, the ordering of cultures, the make-up of the Church, even the promise of heaven itself-- flows from conception. Conception is the foundation upon which all else is built. Once the foundation is destroyed, as it largely has been, all human structures will ultimately crumble.... Our task appears daunting. But we have nothing to fear, provided that we continue to heed the voice of Peter, the Rock, speaking out fearlessly through his successors, like Paul VI in Humanae Vitae, and John Paul II in his “Theology of the Body.”
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