On Feb. 15, Ken Trainor wrote about "Who controls birth control?" Space does not permit full refutation of each error, so I will hit the main points briefly.
1) In Casti Connubii, Pius XI did not talk about rubber technology and other devices. He objected to anything that will "deliberately frustrate" the marital act. Contrary to what you stated in your article, this is not a new teaching. St. Augustine, also quoted in this encyclical, condemned this deed using for his example, the fate of Onan. (Gen 38: 8-10)
2) Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church is not a democracy. True, a person's conscience is the final arbitrator over the guilt of a particular act, but if that person knows the teaching of the church and ignores it, he sins. End of story.
3) Never before has the federal government intruded into private affairs to such an extent. Never have the people been forced to purchase that which is contrary to their religious beliefs. Neither has the government ever commanded religious leaders to provide for something that goes against their own teaching.
This is not really about contraception. This is about religious freedom. Contraceptives are widely available and anyone can buy them. Even Catholics are completely free to commit this grave sin unencumbered. However, the magisterium and those of us who are faithful to them, have the right to be left out of it.
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