CARINNAL HEENAN has recommended that the chapter on marriage be omitted from the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, because "we say practically nothing to help married couples to solve their intimate problems". The Cardinal suggests that no discussion be held until the Pope reports the findings of his commission.
In the Constitution, he said, "(he difficulties are sketched. the need for prayer and the grace of Cod stressed, but complete silence is observed concerning the controversy which more than any other today exercises the minds of married people everywhere. I refer to the morality of the contraceptive marriage act.
"Would it not be better to say nothing at all about marriage rather than discuss it while leaving the really big problem without mention?" the Cardinal asked in Rome.
Cardinal Heenan said that the commissioners who drew up the document explain in the notes how Impossible they found their task. 00) general principles are laid down because they cannot discuss particular cases. "Since this document was circumscribed from the beginning it was bound to be rather tame," he said.
But the Cardinal did make a special plea for the inclusion in the "Church of the Modern World" of a special place for adoptions as part of family life. Speaking of "husbands and wives who dearly want children but have remained childless, I suggest we should insert a short passage on the altogther praiseworthy pntclice of adoption.
"Childless couples should be warmly exhorted to adopt children — especially those who are sick, handicapped, half-caste or for any other reason not sought after. Orphans and illegitimate children more often than not are deprived of that priceless inheritance of child! II, family life."
Adoption is a gesture in every way worthy of a Christian, the Cardinal said, "for are we not all adopted children for whom Christ found a place in God's family7"