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Bishops take firm line on birth control

JOINT STATEMENT

Catholic Herald Reporter THE bishops of England and Wales have declared, in unambiguous terms, that contraception "is not an open question for it is against the law of God". In a statement issued from Westminster this week, they follow the Dutch bishops in rejecting "the pill" as a means of contraception.

The statement adds, however, that the Vatican Council "may well he called upon to give guidance" on the use of a pill to make the time of ovulation predictable.

Declaring that they feel "bound to proclaim the unchanging nature of God's law", the bishops add that they would be failing in their pastoral duty if they were to "remain silent when so many voices are being raised to lead our people astray".

The tone of the statement is compassionate, but insists that the faithful are not incapable of the high degree of virtue which observing God's law sometimes demands.

The bishops also refer to problems of peace and war, which. they say, will probably be debated by the Council Fathers under the Schema on "The Church in the World Today". The statement quotes the words of Pope John in Pacem in Terris where he called on the nations to end the arms race.




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