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Some bishops advised Paul VI to accept contraception, Vatican author reports

July 11, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The priest who heads a Vatican study group on Humanae Vitae has written that when Pope Paul VI asked bishops for their opinions, most of those who responded were in favor of allowing for contraception. In a new book, Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo reports that at the Synod of Bishops in 1967, Pope Paul asked for opinions. Only 26 bishops responded, but most of them— including the American Cardinals Shehan, Krol, Dearden, and Wright— suggested some opening to contraception. Among those who opposed the Pill were Bishops Fulton Sheen and Karol Wotyla, the future Pope John Paul II.

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  • Posted by: schmittsam4807 - Jul. 12, 2018 8:43 AM ET USA

    17 bishops out of 200 can hardly be described as "many" - in fact it's a small minority of those asked. Granted, the majority of bishops who responded favored an opening, but this can be interpreted in different ways.