Francis allows for discernment on contraception in emergency cases, spokesman says


Pope Francis’ remarks regarding the use of contraceptives to avoid pregnancy in the face of the deadly Zika virus indicate that in cases of such emergencies Catholics can in fact decide to prevent pregnancy, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi has said.

In an interview with Vatican Radio Friday, the spokesman said that Catholics with well-formed consciences can decide to use contraceptives “in cases of particular emergency.”

“The pope clearly distinguishes [between] the radicality of the evil of abortion as suppression of a human life and the possibility of recourse to contraception or condoms for cases of emergency of particular situations, in which you do not suppress a human life, but you avoid a pregnancy,” said Lombardi.

“The contraceptive or the condom, in cases of particularly emergency and seriousness can also be objects of a serious discernment of conscience,” he continued.

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  1. Daryl Domning
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    It is good that the Vatican has acknowledged that Catholics may use contraceptives “in cases of particular emergency.” I would add that in today’s world, there is no greater emergency than that of the global overpopulation which causes untold individual suffering, depletes Earth’s biodiversity and resources, and is even changing the climate. It is past time for the hierarchy to admit these plain facts, and not only tolerate but actively encourage use of contraception for the grave reason of preserving our common home for the generations to come.

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