Reason? Logic? Research?
Tomothy Sedgwick: Many public
statements are episodic, hasty and shallow, more in the nature of
moral declaration than broadly informed reasoned arguments.
Harmon Smith: They are rather more reflexive than
Allan Parrent: They are often
self-contradictory, inconsistent, muddled and chaotic.
Scott: They are marred by problems in logic, by avoidance of
fundamental issues, and by failure to even identify moral standards.
David Smith and Juith Granbois: The statements ignore
pertinent research and opinion available from other, often more
expert bodies and our ecumenical dialogue partners.
Parent: At the same time, the pronouncements are clearly
compassionate, humane, morally earnest, and manifest a deep and
genuine concern for peace and justice in the world. The question for
the church is how it might remedy the inadequacies in its statements
and teachings while maintaining these positive qualities.
Doesn't this well reinforce James' position?
is worthy of note that the above quotes are from Anglican
Be well, all.
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It is true that there is a long historical tradition in the
Church that condemns contraception, and both Pope Paul VI and Pope
John Paul II have reaffirmed this teaching. This certainly has to be
taken into account in any discussion of the matter. But the
condemnation of contraception represents just one part of the
Church’s teaching on the subject, and however solemn this teaching
has been, it has not been proposed as an infallible and irrevocable
Further, arguments from authority cannot and should not be
the main arguments here, for the condemnation of contraception is
based on natural law, and natural law falls within the scope of
human reason, and therefore the upholders of this condemnation
should welcome the opportunity to show how reasonable their position
is. Unfortunately, thus far, these upholders of condemnation have
been remiss in providing these convincing arguments on the supposed
reasonableness of this teaching. This is true both in CCLI writings,
such as those from the honorable Sheila and John Kipply (sp?) and in
this forum as well. It is unfortunate since it lends itself further
to the lack of credibility the Church currently experiences due to
the many scandals and its appearance of being out of touch with the