Friday, August 19, 2005

Offical Hierarchy Reaction to our Issues at CWYD

Is Cardinal Lehman in this press statement signaling a time for change in the church? Maybe he too agrees that the writing is on the wall for the "head in the sand" approach of the hierarchy to sexual issues? By the way, we certainly never said that condoms were the most important aspect of sexual ethics.......it is just simply the responsible thing to do if you are having sex.... and denying sexually active people access to condoms is highly irresponsible, wrong and immoral, especially in the context of sexual ethics.(;-)

From Vatican Radio:

According to Cardinal Lehman the church must communicate better about sexual ethics. The Catholic church "must very certainly approach these issues in a new way". Otherwise they will no longer be listened to, said the president of the German Bishops Conference in an interview with WDR. "And that would be grave, as we would be absent from an important field of our human existence". The bishop of Mayence conceded that sexual ethics and condoms had become today and since the encyclical Humanae Vitae about contraception in 1968, difficult issues. "I believe that, what we say, has to be made more plausible in its justification". It should be avoided that the question of condoms is the most important element of sexual ethics.(KNA)

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/ted/Articolo.asp?id=45961 12 Uhr 53: Lehmann, Sexualethik besser vermittelnDie Kirche muss nach Ansicht von Kardinal Karl Lehmann ihre Sexualethik besser vermitteln. Die katholische Kirche "müsse ganz sicher neu an diese Dinge heran". Sonst laufe sie Gefahr, nicht mehr gehört zu werden, sagte der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz gestern in einem Interview des WDR. "Und das ist auch insofern schlimm, als man in einem wichtigen Bereich unseres menschlichen Lebens dann eigentlich abgemeldet ist."Der Mainzer Bischof räumte ein, dass Sexuallehre und Kondome heute und seit der Enzyklika Humanae Vitae zur Frage der Empfängnisregelung aus dem Jahr 1968 schwierige Themen geworden seien. "Ich glaube, dass man das, was man sagt, einfach in der Begründung noch etwas plausibler machen kann", sagte er. Auch dürfe nicht der Anschein erweckt werden, als sei die Frage der Kondome das Wichtigste in der Sexualethik.(kna 17.08.05 gs)