The fundamental issue of taste. Anti-ethical contraception?
Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all those who are weary and heavy laden, and I will strengthen you. Take upon you my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find comfort for your souls. For my yoke is sweet, and my burden is light.
Let me begin with the words I forgot to finish my entry yesterday: you have to cross the threshold of faith. Then hope and love of course, but at the base of faith some faith. Without it there can be no sweet spiritual yoke and a light burden of everyday life. The question of taste, yes, but also the taste of spirit is evolving. In my childhood I did not like sharp flavors, but in my old age I can appreciate dry wine, lemon much earlier. And the slowness of the sense of the cross.
And now also about faith, hope and love, but much more specifically. About marital love, namely. The fact that children are God’s gifts, troublesome, but valuable and often miraculous. And the problem is, among other things, that man is not a rabbit (the view of Pope Francis, too) and the number of offspring must be planned somehow. In this only problem as. In “Tygodnik Powszechny” a very, very interesting observation of the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s announcement of the encyclical “Humanae vitae” on the above subject was made. It was a document condemning not only abortion, but also contraception.
He allowed Pius XII, who turned out, not only here, to be an innovator, to use methods known as natural methods, involving the exploitation of woman’s infertile days, but he also rejected contraception, condoms and pills. The position of Paul VI aroused numerous criticisms also in the Roman Catholic Church, not only among eminent theologians, but also among some bishops. In “Tygodnik”, Father Adam Boniecki and Artur Sporniak present the matter extensively, and the most interesting thing in Sporniak’s text is what has come to light only now. Paul VI did not agree with the version of the document, which was much milder. She did this in a way similar to the way in which the teaching of “divorcees” was softened by the present pastoral Pope.
Maybe he will follow that example here, too. God would give. I’ve been dreaming of this for half a century, since I started to work on it in “Więzi”. After all, even the Orthodox believers are leaving this issue to the conscience of those concerned.