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At Catholic cathedral, Lutheran leader calls the Pill ‘God’s gift’

May 14, 2010

Speaking at an ecumenical event in Munich’s Catholic cathedral, Bishop Margot Käßmann, who led Germany’s Lutherans until her February arrest for drunk driving, paid tribute to the birth control pill.

The Pill, she said, can be seen as “God’s gift, for it is about the preservation of life, of freedom, which doesn’t have to immediately degenerate into pornography, as much as the sexualisation of our society is, of course, a problem.”

“It’s about love without fear and about responsible parenthood. And for women, in fact, it’s about concern for their own lives and those of their own children.”


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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - May. 14, 2010 8:45 PM ET USA

    Couldn't they find anyone better to speak?! And, did anyone try to rebut her absurd claims?! She is wrong on virtually every point, except for "the sexualization of our society," But, golly, do you suppose anyone had the guts to point out to her that the 'sexualization' began when the Pill became widely available? It and abortion allowed both men and women to opt out of being adults, to expect instant gratification and no consequences--though this is really a lie, it remains the expectation.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 14, 2010 8:14 PM ET USA

    In the archbishop's own cathedral...she should have been asked to leave, but I venture to think that, in the present Catholic hierarchical world of political correctness, nothing was said. The pope shouldn't have to do and say everything by himself, his bishops are responsible for teaching the Faith, as well.

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - May. 14, 2010 3:05 PM ET USA

    I wonder if she is saying anything that many Bishops and priests feel in their hearts? We have become a culture that dare not be asked to carry their cross. A prime example is the moving of HDOs to a Sunday. The Church cannot ask its people to attend a week day service for a HDO for fear that they may be inconvenienced or worse. A religion, whos focus is worship of God, that fears to demand its members to worship has not only denied itself but the very One they purport to worship.

  • Posted by: adamah - May. 14, 2010 8:19 AM ET USA

    One reason to not have "ecumenical events" in Catholic churches.