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.

The Church has already lost this argument! There are very few Catholics who look on contraception as a sin, but rather as a tool, given to the world by a loving God, to help rationalise married life and the care and love of children.
Gone are the days when each family consisted of six, ten or sometimes double that number of children, bringing their families into a life of poverty and neglect of the individual child.
God has blessed us with a growing knowledge of medicine and how it can be used to help us live good and healthy lives. How can a bunch of elderly, celibate men, with no experience at all of married life, decide how married couples should behave in the bedroom?
The Church has always got itself hung up above sex and made it the major sin of choice! Is this because it is ongoing, whereas murder is usually a one-off? Where is their logic?! Artificial contraception does not harm other people which must be one of the most important criterion in regard to the severity of any sin. Consenting sex between a wife and her husband that is not open to procreation builds up their love for each other and helps produce a loving relationship in which it is best to bring up children. Think again Church!