The official relief agency of the England & Wales bishops’ conference believes the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception is “too simplistic.” Specifically, it thinks that the Church is wrong to say that using condoms to prevent the AIDS is immoral and doesn’t work anyway. (Abstinence does work best, as shown by the program put in place in Uganda which has shown the highest drop in AIDS infections in Africa.)
Why doesn’t it surprise me that CAFOD takes this stance when its executive director in 2001 held a “commitment ceremony” with his homosexual partner.
This second Mass was a special celebration for Pendergast, an ex-Carmelite, and his homosexual partner Julian Filochowski, the director of CAFOD: the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, which is Britaind Welsh bishops will do anything without having the full force of Cardinal Ratzinger’s CDF come down upon their heads. And, I suppose, whether we’ll actually see the full force coming from the Vatican. What have we come to when an official agency of the Catholic Church feels no compunction about publicly spitting on the Church’s infallible teachings, spreading scandal and confusion among the faithful, and we get a big yawn from our bishops (and most of the clergy and laity to boot.)