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BREAKING: Vatican affirms Pope was speaking about contraceptives for Zika

BREAKING: Vatican affirms Pope was speaking about contraceptives for Zika

It appears Francis' Vatican has hunkered down defending Francis' reckless statement on the plane. The calamity of this cannot be overstated.

As you may know, throughout the 70s and 80s and beyond, the error of "consequentialism" - another term for Situation Ethics - was rampant among modernist moral theologians, especially the influential Jesuit Father Richard McCormack. The ghost of McCormack seems to be animating Francis' Modernist Mafia at the Vatican.

According to some reports I read, it is not even certain that Paul VI himself ever gave this 'permission,' but that doctors at the time simply assumed it. Others claim the Congo/nuns story is a Jesuit legend of the late 60s with no historical basic (I have a 2003 article where the infamous Charles Curran invokes the story). No one seems to be able to produce an actual document from Paul VI or the Holy Office that can verify this 'permission' was even granted.

Also, the situation with the African nuns and the present media-generated Zika scare are quite different. Father Lombardi uses the term "cases of special urgency" but this is not defined.

It appears Francis is justifying contraception for married people engaging in the marital act, but looking to avert contagion, which, as you know, is explosively immoral. Francis' Vatican seems to be condoning a consequentialist 'ends justifies the means' approach, which is bound to have devastating consequences in other areas of morality as well. - John Vennari

(LifeSiteNews) – Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has affirmed that the Holy Father was indeed speaking of “condoms and contraceptives” when on the flight back from Mexico, Pope Francis said couples could rightly “avoid pregnancy” in the wake of the Zika virus scare.

Fr. Lombardi told Vatican Radio today:

 “The contraceptive or condom, in particular cases of emergency or gravity, could be the object of discernment in a serious case of conscience. This is what the Pope said.”

According to Lombardi, the pope spoke of “the possibility of taking recourse to contraception or condoms in cases of emergency or special situations. He is not saying that this possibility is accepted without discernment, indeed, he said clearly that it can be considered in cases of special urgency.”

Lombardi reiterated the example that Pope Francis made of Pope Paul VI’s supposed “authorization of the use of the pill for the religious who were at very serious risk” of rape. This, said Lombardi, “makes us understand that it is not that it was a normal situation in which this was taken into account.”

On the plane Thursday, the pope was asked by one reporter whether the Church can “take into consideration the concept of ‘the lesser of two evils?’” when it comes to the question of preventing pregnancy to avoid transmission of the virus.

The pope opened his answer by categorically condemning abortion as a solution to the Zika virus, but on the question of avoiding pregnancy, he added: “We are speaking in terms of the conflict between the fifth and sixth commandment.”

"The great Paul VI in a difficult situation in Africa permitted sisters to use contraception for cases of rape,” he told reporters.

"Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," the pope added. "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”

The pope’s answer, in particular the apparent parallel he drew between the case of the nuns’ use of contraception and the case of the Zika virus, has widely led to the interpretation that the pope was approving the use of contraception in some cases.

In his famous 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI reiterated the Church’s long-standing and definitive teaching that artificial contraception is "intrinsically wrong," namely that it is always and in every instance evil, because it contradicts the procreative purpose of sex. 

Some moral theologians have said that non-abortifacient contraceptives could be used in cases of rape as a means of self-defense against an aggressor. This distinction would not apply in the case of voluntary intercourse between couples concerned about Zika.

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