Catholic Teaching on Life Criticized by the UK Government

August 01, 2018

Un ministre du gouvernement de Theresa May demande à l’Eglise catholique de revoir sa doctrine en matière de contraception afin de limiter la mortalité des jeunes femmes enceintes. 

Penny Mordaunt is Secretary of State for International Development in the British government.

After meeting with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the contested and contestable president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the British minister asked the Church to make access to birth control easier for young women, reported the Daily Telegraph in its July 15, 2018 issue.

“Family planning is a vital part of building the nation’s future,” declared Penny Mordaunt, speaking of Africa. “Birth control saves lives and huge suffering,” claimed the minister, adding that the Catholic Church needs to keep up with “modern attitudes.”

These remarks come amid the commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI condemned the use of birth control and defended the fertility of Christian marriage.

In June 2018, 500 priests in the United Kingdom signed a letter in support of the teachings in Humanae Vitae, even as this encyclical is being questioned by several members of the Catholic hierarchy itself.