Friday, January 21, 2005

Recent erronoeous statements by 2 Bishops have confused many...SO time t revisit Veritatis Splendor!
"A Mexican Catholic bishop, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi, joined a Spanish counterpart in endorsing the use of condoms to prevent HIV infection. He said at a news conference that under some circumstances the use of a condom to prevent the spread of AIDS should be tolerated as a "lesser evil." That directly contradicts the official position of the Roman Catholic Church against all artificial birth control. On Tuesday, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference in Spain, said "condoms have a place in the global prevention of AIDS."
"80. With regard to intrinsically evil acts, and in reference to contraceptive practices whereby the conjugal act is intentionally rendered infertile, Pope Paul VI teaches: "Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good, it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (cf. Rom 3:8) — in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general".

PADRE SIMPLE POINT: The OBJECT of the MORAL ACT (Contra-ception) is evil, therefore a good intention (thinking one will prevent disease: still 20% failure rate!!!) will never justify the Act.

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