"Humanae Vitae was issued in 1968. It is fair to say that it dropped on the world like a bomb. It marked the beginning of a huge divide in the Church. Major theologians held press conferences and told Catholics they did not need to live by this decision, that it was based on inadequate understanding of natural law and that Catholics were free to do what their consciences told them to about contraception. It is certainly true that Catholics are obliged always to act by their conscience. But we must remember that the conscience is not an individual's opinion. The conscience is really the place within – it's called the inner sanctuary – where a person talks with God and tries to find out what God deems to be right. A judgment of the conscience should not be what the individual judges to be right, but what God judges to be right. If a Catholic is confused about contraception, he or she needs to ask: What does God think about contraception?
But how do we know what God thinks? Catholics naturally look to the
Church to learn what God thinks since Catholics belong to a church that
claims to be guided by God, the Holy Spirit.
After one of my talks, a woman told me that her conscience was
perfectly comfortable with contraception. I told her I didn't want to be
judgmental but there's a problem with that statement. If the conscience
is the sanctuary where God speaks to a person, where the Holy Spirit
guides us, what she is saying is that the Holy Spirit has managed to
tell her that contraception is moral. That same Holy Spirit did not
manage to inform Pope John Paul II that contraception is moral. Pope
John Paul II was on his knees praying for more hours in any given day
than most of us are in a month's time. And he certainly did not want to
place burdens on people. In his prayer he undoubtedly asked the Holy
Spirit: What do you want me to tell your people? How do I guide them?
How do I bring them closer to Christ? We know he did not hear the Holy
Spirit tell him to teach that contraception is moral." Janet E. Smith, Contraception: Why Not?
Some consider the abortion pill contraception. Now the FDA has extended its kill time to 10 weeks. We know the babies die; and some mothers will, too.