The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

During my childbearing years, I did use artificial contraception. By spacing my children apart a couple of years, I was able to be mentally and emotionally available to each child. Without that helpful tool, I could not have been as patient and nurturing to each child (of God) as I was or as each one deserved.

I never deemed this a sin. This decision was reached prayerfully and was how my conscience guided me.

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