Timothy Dolan, Meet Timothy Dolan (And Friends)
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Timothy "Cardinal" Dolan has been making a lot of headlines lately with his vocal opposition to President Barack Hussein Obama's fiat of a mandate that requires all employees, including religious institutions affiliated with what is thought to be the Catholic Church, to provide health insurance coverage for contraception, which, of course, including abortifacient contraceptives and sterilization. Time and time and again in the past six weeks, Timothy Michael Dolan, the conciliar "archbishop" of New York since April 15, 2009, has invoked the heresy of "religious liberty" to strike back at Obama and his pro-abortion Catholic Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Time and time again, I have pointed out that "Cardinal" Dolan is opposing Obama with the very heresy that made his ascent to power inevitable. See Fighting Moral Evil With Doctrinal Evil, Straight From The Lodge And Into Hell, Ominous Offenders Offending Ominously, Memo To David Axelrod And Other Social Engineers, John Carroll's Caesar, Victims of Compromise, Taking A Figure Of Antichrist At His Worthless Words and Prisoners Of Their Own Apostasy.
Apart from being the conciliar "archbishop" of New York, Timothy "Cardinal" Dolan is also the president of the United States Conference of "Catholic" "Bishops. This gives him quite a high profile nationally and internationally. A significant portion of "Cardinal" Dolan's profile revolves around the claim he is "pro-life," which is itself quite a statement when one considers the fact that it never had it bee known in the history of the Catholic Church that a descriptive adjectival phrase has had to be used to distinguish one of her true princes from others on a matter of Faith and Morals. "Priests for Life"? This implies, of course, that there are "priests" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who are not so "pro-life." Catholics are to be united on matters of Faith and Morals without the need for adjectives to describe their "positions" on "controversial" issues that are not "controversial" with God.
Let's examine this empty phrase, however, that has been rendered devoid of any true meaning.
First, no one is truly "pro-life" who offends God, the very author of life itself, by offending Him in the matter of the worship that is His due, mocking that worship by means of the hideous evil known as the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, which is a sacrilege and thus a mockery of the Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication.
Second, no one is truly "pro-life" who endorses doctrinal defections from the Catholic Faith, including the new ecclesiology, false ecumenism, religious liberty and the separation of Church and State.
Third, no one is truly "pro-life" who subjects students in purportedly "Catholic" schools to the rot of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments in explicit violation of Pope Pius XI's absolute ban on such instruction, contained in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929.
And after thirty-nine surgical of abortion-on-demand throughout the United States of America from the moment of conception until the day of birth, it is tragic that Catholics in the pew will stand up and applaud, in a Catholic cathedral, mind you, these empty words about the "sanctity of life" when Catholic politicians who support the slaughter of the preborn under cover of the civil law are never even threatened with excommunication by the conciliar officials, which is one of the reasons that so many Catholics continue to support the likes of Barack Hussein Obama and his cronies:
The Resurrection of Jesus goes on in our apostolate for the struggling, searching, and marginalized, as thousands of those closest to Christ's Sacred Heart-the hungry, homeless, sick, troubled, and immigrants--find solace and help in our Catholic charities and healthcare. Conscious are we of former Mayor Ed Koch's observation that the Catholic Church is the glue that keeps this city together . . . and, and . . . the Resurrection goes on, as His Church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life, from the tiny baby in the womb to the last moment of natural passing into eternal life. As the Servant of God Terrence Cardinal Cooke wrote, "Human life is no less sacred or worthy of respect because it is tiny, pre-born, poor, sick, fragile, or handicapped." Yes, the Church is a loving mother who has a zest for life and serves life everywhere, but she can become a protective "mamma bear" when the life of her innocent, helpless cubs is threatened. Everyone in this mega-community is a somebody with an extraordinary destiny. Everyone is a somebody in whom God has invested an infinite love. That is why the Church reaches out to the unborn, the suffering, the poor, our elders, the physically and emotionally challenged, those caught in the web of addictions. (Timothy Dolan's Installation "Homily," April 25, 2009. Archdiocese of New York - Press Releases; it should be noted that this sermon, while containing a reference to "Lady Liberty," contained not one reference to the Mother of God, not one. There was, however, a reference to "John Paul the Great," however.)
Truth deserves more than empty words from non-bishops and sacrilegious applause from Catholics. These words are empty because the men in public life who support the willful murder of the innocent preborn are permitted to remain in perfectly good "canonical standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. All but one Governor of the State of New York since 1975 (Hugh Leo Carey, Mario Matthew Cuomo, George Elmer Pataki, David Paterson, Mark Andrew Cuomo) has been pro-abortion, pro-perversity Catholics.
That the "pro-life" words spoken by Timothy Dolan in his sermon at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Easter Wednesday, April 15, 2009, were indeed emptier than most people realized at the time or understand now in the midst of the contraception insurance coverage mandate issue is proved by the fact that the Wisconsin Conference of "Catholic" "Bishops" did not oppose legislation two years ago to require all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to distribute the so-called "Plan B Emergency contraceptive," which is an abortifacient, to women after violent assaults. Only two conciliar "bishops" in Wisconsin, Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, and Jerome Listecki of La Crosse, Wisconsin, opposed the position taken by the Wisconsin Conference of "Catholic" "Bishops" (Wisconsin Bishop breaks from conference and opposes emergency contraceptives). Timothy Dolan, who was the conciliar "archbishop" of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from June 25, 2002, to April 15, 2009, did not issue, any statement that contradicted the policy announced by the official lobbying arm of the conciliar "bishops" of Wisconsin:
May 1, 2007 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has decided not to oppose a bill that would require all hospitals, including Catholic health facilities, to distribute emergency contraceptives to female victims of rape.
A spokesperson for the conference said the group removed its objections to the bill after it was revised to allow hospitals to give women a pregnancy test before providing emergency contraception reported The Wisconsin Capital Times. The bill reportedly also includes the right to conscientious objection.
Kim Wades of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference told the newspaper that many Catholic hospitals are already dispensing emergency contraception to rape victims.
Emergency contraception, most often referred to as Plan B or the morning after pill, is composed of a high dose of birth control pills that has shown to prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of intercourse.
Sue Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life said her group is not taking a stand on the bill, and that it is important to the group that the Catholic bishops were not opposing the bill, reported The Wisconsin Capital Times.
The only group lobbying against the bill is Pro-Life Wisconsin. Matt Sande, the group's director of legislation, said in a news release he opposed the bill because emergency contraception can work to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus and he considers this "pre-implantation chemical abortion."
The bill is likely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and Gov. Jim Doyle would sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. (No opposition from Wisconsin Catholic Conference re emergency contraceptives.)
Mrs. Judie Brown, the founder and President of American Life League, with which Pro-Life Wisconsin is affiliated, wrote the following analysis of this scandal, which had the implicit support, it appears, of the then conciliar "archbishop" of Milwaukee, Timothy M. Dolan, and all but two of the other bishops in Wisconsin, an analysis that focused also on a similar tack taken by the conciliar "bishops" in Connecticut:
Recent reports from Connecticut and Wisconsin leave us wondering what in the world is going on in the world of "Catholic" health care. It would seem that the appropriate treatment for a victim of criminal rape has become a question of whether Catholic hospitals can be put in the position of doing the unthinkable. Reports from Connecticut were the first to come to our attention. The Connecticut state senate approved a bill that would require all hospitals — including the four Catholic hospitals in the state — to provide Plan B emergency contraceptive pills to rape victims.
What is most startling about this turn of events in Connecticut is that the state's Catholic bishops asserted their opposition to this law by advising the lawmakers that "Catholic hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims in the vast majority of cases. In fact, it is an extreme rarity when this medication would not be provided."
This statement is astounding. The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life condemns the morning-after pill and makes no exceptions for cases of rape treatment, whether or not conception/fertilization has occurred. The academy goes so far as to say that this pill represents a good example of the absolute unlawfulness of any drug that has the potential to be an abortive agent. The academy makes it perfectly clear that anyone who is an agent in the provision of this drug is morally responsible for the outcome. Apparently this warning has not been taken seriously by either the Connecticut or Wisconsin Catholic hierarchy.
As if this dilemma were not already confusing to most Catholics, in the aforementioned statement to lawmakers the Connecticut bishops also wrote, "This bill is a violation of the separation of Church and state. The Catholic bishops of Connecticut are responsible for establishing and determining what moral guidelines Catholic institutions should follow; not the Connecticut General Assembly." But subsequent to this statement, these bishops dropped their opposition to the bill.
A similar scenario is playing out in Wisconsin, but with an added twist. It seems that there were lawmakers in the state who strongly opposed the measure requiring every hospital in the state — including Catholic hospitals — to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims. But when the Wisconsin Catholic bishops dropped their opposition to the bill, the lawmakers followed suit.
The outcome is at this moment uncertain, but the entire question of providing rape victims with abortive pills is seriously problematic from the Catholic perspective. There is a serious challenge facing these bishops and Directive 36 of the "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services" published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is not helping. While the directives are designed to provide moral guidance in situations like this, Directive 36 (to which bishops in both states have referenced) is vague.
Directive 36 states:
Compassionate and understanding care should be given to a person who is the victim of sexual assault. Health care providers should cooperate with law enforcement officials and offer the person psychological and spiritual support as well as accurate medical information. A female who has been raped should be able to defend herself against a potential conception from the sexual assault. If, after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already, she may be treated with medications that would prevent ovulation, sperm capacitation, or fertilization. It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal, destruction, or interference with the implantation of a fertilized ovum.
The two words in this directive that are playing havoc with the lives of preborn babies are "appropriate testing." Try as we might, and as many Catholic physicians have, we cannot identify a single test that provides one hundred percent assurance that a preborn child has not been conceived. One Catholic doctor, Chris Kahlenborn, pointed out in his analysis of the problem, "EC [emergency contraception] has the potential to abort a newly conceived child in the preovulatory, ovulatory and postovulatory phases. Because the potential for abortion exists, it cannot be ethically given to rape victims in any stage of the menstrual cycle" [emphasis added].
In other words, even though the directive suggests that there are tests in existence that provide the treating doctor with the evidence he needs to assure that the morning-after pill is not going to abort a human embryonic child, there is no test that can assure beyond doubt that a human embryo in fact is not already there. As I told members of Congress several years ago, Catholic hospitals have a serious problem in determining how to respond to sexual assault. It seems that any number of experts in the medical and ethical field are not clear about the means for determining whether or not fertilization might have occurred. And furthermore, they seem to be waffling about the clear evidence that indicates how the so-called "emergency contraceptive" interferes with the normal development of the new life. Thus, even though Directive 36 provides a caveat for potential use of Plan B, the actual facts of the matter would prevent its use.
The larger question in this current debate is why any Catholic facility would ever have a single type of contraceptive on hand in the first place. While it is clear that laws are being passed that require the use of this deadly drug, it is not at all clear why not a single Catholic hospital is willing to stand its ground, refuse to use what the Church teaches are unethical drugs and go to court if necessary to protect its right as a Catholic facility to be Catholic in every aspect of its health care. Separation of church and state is a bogus argument. The idea that a state can require any Catholic facility to do evil simply because the state says it must is outrageous. But if bishops are going to comply with whatever the state requires, then no distinct difference is going to exist between morally ethical Catholic health care and its secular counterpart.
A Catholic moral theologian, Msgr. William Smith, put this entire situation in the proper perspective when he wrote, "It's wrong to say you can use anything that has abortifacient properties. Emergency contraception is double talk ... Catholic hospitals are not free to prescribe or provide anything with abortifacient properties without contradicting their witness." Amen! (Catholic hospitals and the 'emergency contraception' conundrum)
Mrs. Brown wrote a follow-up to this analysis in January of 2008 in which she quotes a medical doctor's plea to "Archbishop" Timothy Dolan to follow the lead of "Bishop" Robert Morlino in opposing the position of the Wisconsin Conference of "Catholic" "Bishops." There is no evidence that the happy non-bishop broke with the lobbying arm of the conciliar "bishops" in Wisconsin:
For those of you who were wondering, there is something foul in the Wisconsin air these days. It appears that even though the state legislature is pressing ahead for passage of a bill that would require all hospitals, including those with religious affiliation, to dispense "emergency contraception," the Wisconsin Catholic Conference has remained "neutral."
The bill, by the way, defines "emergency contraception" as either the morning after pill OR the IUD. And the state legislature has already given the bill preliminary approval, so the stakes are pretty high and the final vote is scheduled for January 23.
Now in the midst of this crazy problem with state Catholic conferences having difficulty dealing with clear defense of Catholic teaching, there comes the heroic stand taken by Bishop Robert Morlino and followed by support from his fellow Bishop James [actually, Jerome] Listecki. These two bishops have made it perfectly clear that they are not supporting any measure which compromises Catholic health care.
But, I ask you, what about the three remaining bishops and the bureaucracy that is advising them?
Bishop Morlino has been so outstanding in his articulation of Catholic teaching that he recently wrote to the Wisconsin legislature pointing out to them that the inane communications from Catholics for a Free Choice in support of AB 377 have nothing to do with Catholic doctrine. He wrote, "Irresponsibly claiming to be Catholic while rejecting the basic Catholic values that are to be embodied in emergency contraception legislation, is yet another source of scandal and confusion for faithful Catholics and all those who claim to be pro-life."
So why are the rest of the Wisconsin bishops and their conference not following suit? Well, perhaps the problem is political, but we certainly hope not. Or maybe they are confused, but we cannot see how. Or is the money they are afraid their health care facilities would lose? We dare not suspect such a thing! Anyway, there is some reason for the inertia.
This is why we are so grateful to Michael Phillips, M.D., who wrote to Archbishop Timothy Dolan on behalf of the Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association:
The lack of opposition from the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Right to Life and our bishops has been used in testimony and press releases by Planned Parenthood et al to garner support from legislators who have previously opposed "emergency contraception" legislation. And their tactic has been effective. Each of the Wisconsin Guilds of the Catholic Medical Association speaks with one voice in opposition to this bill.
To my knowledge no representative of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference contacted our organization before dropping its previous opposition to this mandate.
The conscience rights of Wisconsin physicians and hospitals need to be protected.
Please allow our Guild members to meet with you to discuss this deceptive legislation. It is both discouraging and shameful that we have been ignored on this issue.
Praise the Lord for Dr. Phillips and his Catholic Medical Association peers. Having met with Dr. Phillips recently I can assure you that he is doing all he can to make sure the Wisconsin Catholic Conference is aware of how Catholic physicians feel regarding this oppressive legislation proposal. One has to wonder how such an eloquent physician could be ignored by the very people who represent Wisconsin Catholics in the state.
Please keep the Wisconsin Catholic bishops in your prayers. God knows, we need a miracle in that state and we need it now! (Pro-life news and information from American Life League.)
Timothy M. Dolan? A "pro-life" champion for "standing up" to Barack Hussein Obama's contraception insurance coverage mandate? How is this possible when he permitted the "Plan B emergency contraceptive" to be distributed in certain "emergency" cases? How? How is this possible?
There is another interesting twist to this as well.
Those who remember Prisoners Of Their Own Apostasy from two days ago might have taken note that the cosignatory to "Cardinal" Dolan's letter to the conciliar "bishops" of the United States of America was one William Lori, the conciliar "bishop" of Bridgeport, Connecticut. This is particularly interesting since "Bishop" Lori's own state "conference" of conciliar "bishops" endorsed the exact same plan in 2007 that later received "Cardinal" Dolan's approval, albeit it a "back-door" approval rendered through the statements of the Wisconsin Conference of "Catholic' 'Bishops":
HARTFORD, September 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A statement issued
by the Connecticut Catholic Bishops yesterday, which is posted on the
Catholic Conference’s web page, notes that the Bishops have approved the
administration of the morning after pill Plan B for rape victims at the
four Catholic hospitals in the state. While the Bishops claim to be in
accord with Church teaching on the matter, the only statement from the
Vatican on the measure opposed it since the pill can cause abortions.
accordance with Catholic moral teaching, these hospitals provide
emergency contraception after appropriate testing," says the letter from
the Bishops. "Catholic moral teaching is adamantly opposed to abortion,
but not to emergency contraception for victims of rape," it adds.
However, the Vatican statement on the morning after pill, issued in
2000, condemns its use outright. The Pontifical Academy for Life states
that "the absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also
applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill.
All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with
this procedure are also morally responsible for it." (see the full
Vatican statement here: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdlife/documents/rc.)
The morning after pill works in three ways: To slow motility of the
sperm, to inhibit ovulation and to prevent implantation of the embryo.
The Vatican document stated: "It is clear, therefore, that the proven
‘anti-implantation’ action of the morning-after pill is really nothing
other than a chemically induced abortion. It is neither intellectually
consistent nor scientifically justifiable to say that we are not dealing
with the same thing."
The bishops of Connecticut suggest that
the administration of a pregnancy test prior to administration of Plan B
puts sufficient doubt into the question of whether or not the
abortifacient effect of the pill will be engaged. "The administration
of Plan B pills in this instance cannot be judged to be the commission
of an abortion because of such doubt about how Plan B pills and similar
drugs work and because of the current impossibility of knowing from the
ovulation test whether a new life is present," says the Bishops’
letter. "To administer Plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an
intrinsically evil act."
Scientifically however the Bishops
are on very weak ground. The Catholic Medical Association, the largest
professional organization of Catholic physicians in the U.S., is
resolutely opposed to the use of the abortifacient morning after pill in
Catholic Hospitals even in cases of rape because of its potential to
cause abortions. Medical evidence demonstrates that the pregnancy tests
used cannot accurately detect a pregnancy at fertilization but only
after implantation which takes more than a week after the new life is
At its Annual Meeting in 2003, the Catholic Medical
Association passed a resolution correcting theologians who have
erroneously suggested that it would be legitimate for Catholic hospitals
to provide "emergency contraception" to rape victims. Echoing the
Vatican, the resolution stated that that the morning after pill "cannot
be ethically employed by a Catholic physician or administered in a
Catholic Hospital in cases of rape".
The Connecticut bishops
are not the only ones who have approved the use of the morning after
pill in Catholic hospitals for rape victims. LifeSiteNews.com has
learned that some Catholic hospitals in Wisconsin, Massachusetts,
Colorado, New York, California and Washington also offer so-called
‘emergency contraception’ to some rape victims with the approval of
local Catholic bishops.
The bishops are basing their decisions on an interpretation of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops document: Ethical and Religious Directives (E.R.D.) for Catholic Health Care Services which
states at no. 36 with regard to a woman who has been raped: "If after
appropriate testing,, there is no evidence that conception has occurred
already, she may be treated with medications that would prevent
ovulation, sperm capacitation the process by which spermatozoa in the
ampullary portion of a uterine tube become capable of going through the
acrosome reaction and fertilizing an oocyte." However, the document
adds: "It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend
treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal,
destruction, or interference with the implantation of a fertilized
ovum." (see the document: http://www.usccb.org/bishops/directives.shtml )
However, even if such tests could accurately determine that ovulation
has not yet occurred another difficulty exists. A study by Dr. Chris
Kahlenborn in 2003 found that the pill only works to halt ovulation half
the time. Thus fertilization may occur even after the pill is
administered, and an abortion would result since in addition to stopping
ovulation the pills act to weaken the lining of the uterus making
implantation unsustainable. (Connecticut Bishops Allow Plan B in Catholic Hospitals in "Emergency" Cases.)
These are the men who are going to get Barack Hussein Obama and Kathleen Sebelius to back down on the contraception insurance coverage mandate? Timothy Dolan of 2012, meet Timothy Dolan of 2007 and allied friends.
The conciliar "bishops" are not "pro-life" and they are not "pro-family" because they are simply not Catholic.
Indeed, as I have pointed out in scores upon scores of commentaries on this little viewed and less supported website, one is not going to get the Second through Tenth Commandments right, including the Fifth Commandment, if one does not get the First Commandment right. To give any kind of credibility to any false religion is to blaspheme God, Who hates each false religions, which He wants to see eradicated from the face of this earth by means of the conversion of its adherents to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
It is no wonder, therefore, that men such as Timothy Dolan and William Lori and the rest of the conciliar "bishops," starting with their boss, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, have supported the limiting of the size of families by means of "natural family planning," thus feeding into the very contraceptive mentality that they intend to fight. Family "planning" and "limitation" thus become the expectation of engaged couples, something is reaffirmed in their so-called "Pre-Cana" programs in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Just as the conciliar "bishops" are seeking to fight the Obama contraception insurance coverage mandate with the very heresy that help to bring it about, "religious liberty," so have they sought to "oppose" contraception by "natural" means without realizing that they are propagating and perpetuating the contraceptive mentality that is alien to the law of God that has been taught consistently by the Catholic Church. (And this is to say nothing about how the conciliar "bishops" and many of their priests/presbyters, lay teachers and hospital administrators and practitioners have actually suborned contraception, if not surgical baby-killing outright).
Consider, for example, Saint John Marie Vianney's stern warning given to those parents who deny God the children He meant them to have to give Him honor and glory in this life on earth and thence to do so in the glory of His Beatific Vision for all eternity in Heaven:
He preaches to the married on the duty of having children: "Must little birds serve you as examples? Look at the little creatures, how they rejoice to see their generation multiply. During the day, they are occupied in finding them food, and at night they cover them with their wings to protect them from the inclement air. If a greedy hand takes their little ones away you hear them weep after their own fashion. They seem to be unable to leave their nests, always hoping to find their children again. I am not talking to pagans but to Christians. How shameful that animals should be more faithful to fulfil the designs of Providence than the children of God, the fathers and mothers God has chosen for the peopling of Heaven!". . . .
Once, as we have noted, he compared the multitude of the damned to snowflakes falling thick and fast on a winter's day. It is alarming when he speaks of the multitude of the damned, and we are glad to learn that round about 1840 he became less severe to his judgments, owing to the influence of some other priest. However, to a woman overburdened with many children he said: "If you only knew the women who are in Hell for not having given to the world the children they should have given." (Margaret Trouncer, Saint Jean-Marie Vianney: Cure of Ars, Sheed and Ward, 1959, p. 151; p. 174.)
How very sad it is that Timothy Michael Dolan and William Lori and their boss, Joseph Alois Ratzinger, have allies even in some allegedly fully traditional Catholic venues where clergy are known to teach exactly what it is taught by the conciliarists on Faith and
Morals in many instances, especially by excusing engaged couples from
having children on the grounds that so-called "natural family planning" is the "Catholic alternative to contraception" or that one of the
prospective spouses is in the military or that they are 'not ready to
have children' because both parties contemplate careers and thus do not
have the "time" or the "money" to devote to children. Some of these
clergymen encourage parishioners sign up to be "organ donors" in spite
of all of the evidence that the medical industry's manufactured,
profit-making myth of "brain death" makes them accomplices in their own
execution by members of being dissected alive. Why bother with opposing
the Novus Ordo when one is of the same apostate mind and heart? Why
bother? Why not just sign up to join Timothy Michael Dolan's "religious liberty" crusade to oppose the ObamaCare mandate?
Pope Pius XII explained in his Address to Midwives on the Nature of Their Profession, October 29, 1951, condemned the belief that the mere fact that contraceptives are not used to avoid fulfilling the primary end of marriage:
However if the limitation of the act to the periods of natural
sterility does not refer to the right itself but only to the use of the
right, the validity of the marriage does not come up for discussion. Nonetheless, the moral lawfulness of such conduct of husband and wife
should be affirmed or denied according as their intention to observe
constantly those periods is or is not based on sufficiently morally sure
motives. The mere fact that husband and wife do not offend the nature of
the act and are even ready to accept and bring up the child, who,
notwithstanding their precautions, might be born, would not be itself
sufficient to guarantee the rectitude of their intention and the
unobjectionable morality of their motives. (Pope Pius XII, Address to Midwives on the Nature of Their Profession, October 29, 1951; for a very good summary of this teaching, please see the appendix below. )
No one is "pro-life" or "pro-family" if he promotes the limitation of families as the norm rather than the rare exception in grave circumstances. The likes of Timothy Dolan do not understand this at all.
The conciliarists have thus contributed to the de-peopling of the earth and thus of Heaven. So do have their unwitting friends in traditional venues. Such betrayals of truth must be chastised by God. Behold the chastisements of the moment.
To Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart belongs the triumph that will vanquish the lords of Modernity and Modernism once and for all. May our own efforts to make reparation for our sins, many though they may be, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary help to plant a few seeds so that more and more Catholics, clergy and laity alike, will come to embrace the truths of the Holy Faith without any concessions to the deceits of the devil as each of us attempts, especially during the Holy Season of Lent, to pray more, to talk less and to sacrifice in behalf of the restoration of the Church Militant on earth, especially by praying as many Rosaries as our state-in-life permits and by making the Way of the Cross daily in Lent.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
From Monsignor George A. Kelly's The Catholic Marriage Manual and Other Sources
It is one of the signs of our times that a
chapter on birth control and the rhythm method appears in a Catholic
book on marriage. In former times having no children or having only
a few children would be so scandalous and so un-Christian as to
merit only a short note of condemnation. The small family would be
looked upon as something unusual and its parents deserving of
sympathy. Fruitfulness in marriage was always considered one of the
signs of God's blessing until the twentieth century. Nowadays it
almost seems as if the couple having a fourth or fifth child must
defend its right to that child and to
more children besides. Tremendous social pressures have been
organized in favor of controlled family size small family housing
for one, neighborhood gossip for another, the constant parade of
pictures depicting the "ideal" American family, always with two
children, the erroneous identification of feminine beauty with
infrequent motherhood, the presumption, too often accepted
uncritically, that a few children reared in prosperity will
necessarily be happier and better than many children brought up in
modest circumstances, and the equally common feeling that after a few
children pregnancy is more of a pathology than a state of health.
The reasons usually advanced by married
couples for restricting the size of their family are usually not real
reasons at all. The birth-control state of mind is nowhere more
clearly manifested than by many engaged couples who, without any
grave problems at all, enter marriage with family limitation
uppermost in their young minds. For a couple after ten years of
marriage and five children to think in terms of family limitation is
one thing. For a couple with two or three children to exaggerate
their money, health, or space problems is much more common and much
more deserving of criticism. And the fact that the average American
woman has her last child several years before she is thirty is
certain evidence of a lack of the will to parenthood. "Where there is
a will, there is a way," says the maxim. People who will not to be
parents will find the way of birth control very easy, even though
There is little
question, too, that the growth of the birth control mentality
coincides with the desire of many Americans for soft living. Yet, if
we are a strong people we may well enjoy modern opportunities for
happiness and still do whatever our job requires us to do, even
though some sacrifice of comfort or convenience is demanded. The
propaganda in favor of the limited family puts a premium on comfort
while disparaging duty. It sells American woman the idea that
motherhood is a kind of bondage and American man the conviction that
the hard work necessary to support a large family is an unreasonable
requirement for modern marriage. The modern Catholic couple
must be reminded that parenthood is the business of marriage. This is
their vocation. The Catholic husband and wife should do this work
with wisdom and prudence, and, where there is good cause, may
consider family limitation. But family limitation does not have to be considered.
Most of you will find that the best evidence of a lifetime of
worthwhile work will be your children. You should want children; and
parenthood, God willing, should be more than an incidental experience
in your married lives. If you have a truly Catholic conscience and a
love of children you will find that alleged obstacles can be overcome.
Far from losing happiness, you will gain great long-range
Those of you who are blessed by God with the faith and
courage to live a heroic married life and accept parenthood
cheerfully, far from feeling cheated, ought to delight in your
extraordinary achievement. Other couples may not be so well endowed
by nature or circumstance, and a small family or even a childless
marriage may be your lot. But even here, as long as you are doing the
best you can to serve God's purpose, you deserve high praise and
should not permit conscienceless neighbors to deprive you of your
sense of accomplishment. The control of births, therefore, should always be the exceptional situation in marriage, never the normal. (Monsignor George A. Kelly, The Catholic Marriage Manual, published by Random House in 1958, pp. 44-46.)
Monsignor Kelly, whom I
knew very well from personal contacts and professional conferences,
went into great detail to discuss the conditions outlined by Pope Pius
XII in his October 29, 1951, Address to Midwives on the Nature of Their
Profession, explaining that the conditions listed by Pope Pius XII for
the use of the rhythm method were exceptions, not the norm, to married life:
Holy Father's statement on rhythm:
Who may practice the rhythm method? A clear answer was given by Pope
Pius XII in 1951 in an address to the Italian Catholic Union of
Midwives. His Holiness pointed out that married couples are obliged
to procreate and to help conserve the human race. In the Pontiffs
words: "Matrimony obliges to a state of life which, while carrying
with it certain rights, also imposes a fulfillment of positive work
connected with that state of life." This means that rhythm is
not to be used indiscriminately. The small-family or no-family state
of mind is not necessarily good simply because contraceptives are not
used. (Monsignor George A. Kelly, The Catholic Marriage Manual, published by Random House in 1958, pp. 55-56.)
Mrs. Randy Engel, who is one of the world's leading
experts in matters pertaining to family and marriage and who took great
pains to review each of the three articles on this subject that were
published on this site recently (Forty-Three Years After Humanae Vitae, Always Trying To Find A Way and Planting Seeds of Revolutionary Change),
provided me with a sobering reminder that two simple words, "family
planning," have wrought great evils in the midst of the world:
At some future point when you revisit the
subject you may wish to stress the fact that most abortions are carried out as
a method of “family planning” that is, women do not want to have this
particular child born at this particular time. Since the principle of “fp’
is that a woman has the “right” to have children only when she
wants them, once she has conceived, the only two solutions are birth or death by
Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, who was the Pro-Secretary of the Holy Office
under Pope Pius XII from January 12, 1953, to the time of His
Holiness's death on October 9, 1958, continuing as the Secretary of the
Holy Office, whose name was changed to the "Sacred Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith" in 1966, under Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII and
Giovanni Montini/Paul VI until January 6, 1968, condemned the oft-expressed belief even in some traditional circles that it is up to parents to "make decisions" concerning how many children they are to have:
"I am not pleased with the statement in the text that married couples may determine the number of children they are to have. Never has this been heard of in the Church. My father was a laborer, and the fear of having many children never
entered my parents' minds, because they trusted in Providence. [I am
amazed] that yesterday in the Council it should have been said that
there was doubt whether a correct stand had been taken hitherto on the
principles governing marriage. Does this not mean that the inerrancy of
the Church will be called into question? Or was not the Holy Spirit with
His Church in past centuries to illuminate minds on this point of
doctrine?" (As found in Peter W. Miller, Substituting the Exception for the Rule; The Rhine Flows into the Tiber,
by Father Ralph Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, Tan Books and
Publishers, 1967, is cited as the source of this quotation.)
Those who contend otherwise do not teach in the name of the Catholic Church.