Prof. Janet Smith is, arguably, this country's foremost moral theologian on issues having to do with sexuality. Here's her analysis of the "Congo nuns" situation. (Smith takes for granted the truth of the story, by the way).
....It also confuses many that the officials of the Church many decades ago permitted nuns in the Congo who were in danger of being raped to take hormones that prevent ovulation (which is what the “pill” does). In this case the hormones would be taken with the intent of avoiding a pregnancy, but not a pregnancy that would be the result of a spousal act of sexual intercourse. They would not be altering the purpose of a spousal act of sexual intercourse. Rather, they would be defending themselves against the possible consequences of an act of rape. Keep in mind that it is justifiable for a woman to inflict great physical harm, even death, on a man threatening rape. Her act of killing the rapist is not justified as a “lesser evil” because killing is not a lesser evil than enduring rape. Rather, her act is an act of just and moral self-defense.
There is an implication to the way Smith analyzes the story: "Rome" could have simply utilized the above analysis for the nuns who asked--thus "giving permission" under the specific outlined circumstances.
Or, as the legal beagles will say: it's facts and circumstances, folks.
As others have noted, the Pope has to stop giving these off-the-cuff interviews. Each time he does, he confuses people and makes matters worse. He talks too much and is not precise in what he says.
I don’t need a Pope who confuses the faithful instead of building up their Faith. I believe that history will judge this pontificate as a disaster and it will take more than one subsequent pontificate to set matters straight. But it won’t matter to me as I will be long gone before that happens and - please God - retaining my Faith.
Yah, well, I mentioned that above.
Here's a question, GOR: when will the USCC speak up?
(Don't hold your breath......)
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