HE encyclical Hunzanae Vitae could be regarded a's a real change in policy in that there'were no more threats of mortal sin, no more staying away from the sacraments, gays Canon F. H. Drinkwater, the Catholic educationist. in the current issue of Catholic Education Today. the journal of the Catholic Teachers' Fedcra.: lion.
The Canon's views on the encyclical are contained in an interview in which he is asked for suggestions on what should be taught to pupils about the document.
He says he considers the. Pope saw the encyclical as setting up a principle, or an ideal of conduct, that people would recognise as in accord with Catholic tradition. Pope Paul left it to the various national episcopates to fit the principle to the concrete conditions.
"As an exercise of collegiality. perhaps. Anyway, that is how it has worked out, in regard to good Catholic couples . . . and I think it's fair to thank Pope Paul for speeding it up."
He agrees the crisis over the encyclical marks a fresh, painful advance in the slow, agelong development of a theology of sex and marriage. The crisis could be called rather unprecedented.