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Malta archbishop open to contraceptive use by married couples?

April 07, 2017

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta seemed to indicate a willingness to accept the use of contraception, in comments on a proposal to introduce the “morning-after pill” in Malta.

”What we are saying is that if you have to use a contraceptive, make sure it is not one that kills life,” the archbishop said in a television interview.

Archbishop Scicluna went on to propose that anyone who was prescribed the “morning-after pill” should be fully informed of its effect. Still he declined to condemn the pill. “But it is not my role to identify which brand of pill is good and which isn’t, because the role of the archbishop is not to replace science,” he said.

Speaking more generally about contraception, the archbishop said: “One must remember that the Church always placed the argument in the context of marriage, and it holds on to the tenet of sex belonging within the marriage.”


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 08, 2017 4:02 PM ET USA

    I suspect this is one of the inevitable results of the Vatican hosting Paul Ehrlich recently and tolerating the anti-life ravings of those who want population control.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Apr. 08, 2017 10:51 AM ET USA

    Such words cannot be an accidental mistake or mis-speak. The abomination that has been the immediate cause of the loss of Faith for the last 50+ years is finally displayed by an advocate of the even deeper root cause - Divorce. Perhaps we should thank the Archbishop for unmasking the Devil's most insidious tool in his war against life.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Apr. 08, 2017 7:00 AM ET USA

    When the center doesn't hold (the one who is supposed to confirm his brethren in the faith per Luke 22:32), then one central teaching after another on intrinsic evils will fall. But the humble and contrite of heart will still see the Natural Law and the Divine Law clearly.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 08, 2017 12:20 AM ET USA

    The sins committed by those who follow the Pope's ambiguous teaching will also fall on the souls of the Pope and the Cardinals and Bishops who interpret the Pope's ambiguous teachings in ways contradictory to the teachings of Christ and His Church.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Apr. 07, 2017 8:34 PM ET USA

    “But it is not my role to identify which brand of pill is good and which isn’t, because the role of the archbishop is not to replace science,” he said. As quoted, the Archbishop's comment entirely misses what's at issue. Science, as such, considers the causal efficacy of the morning- after pill. It is entirely within the Church's competence to judge its moral legitimacy. This is a basic distinction.

  • Posted by: ALC - Apr. 07, 2017 6:59 PM ET USA

    How many more things can be watered down or nuanced in Pope Francis's pontificate. Pretty soon we will be no different than any other protestant religion - divorce, contraception, etc. Bishops feel free to go further toward the liberal side because they know nothing will be said from the Pope. In fact, the only thing that has been said is approval of the Bishops in Argentina and Malta that have used the most liberal interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. That's his point of view.

  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 07, 2017 6:23 PM ET USA

    Did someone say something about a slippery slope?