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Monday, February 22, 2016

Francis, Contraception and the Myth of the Raped Nuns

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This just in "Lost in the Trump-Pope rap battle over who’s a real Christian was another newsmaking nugget from Pope Francis’ plane trip back to Rome — about the Zika virus and contraception.In an answer to a reporter’s question aboard Shepherd One from Mexico, Francis indicated Catholic women could use contraception if they were in danger of contracting the virus. Unlike abortion, the pope said, “avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil.”

"In supporting his case, the pope made a historical reference to one of his predecessors and the rape of nuns in 1960s Belgian Congo that left some Catholic theologians and historians scratching their heads.

"Francis was speaking off the cuff, but he may have gotten his Catholic history wrong...

"Cardinal Giovanni Montini, the future Paul VI — who, in 1968, wrote Humanae Vitae, the papal document that articulates the modern Catholic position banning contraception in normal circumstances — actually visited the Congo in 1962. But he didn’t write or say anything then, or as pope, about the issue of nuns and contraception..." READ FULL STORY HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: As a matter of routine, Francis seems to just sort of make things up about Scripture as he goes along (e.g. the miracle of the loaves and fishes was merely that people were super, super generous with their food that day), so should it be particularly surprising that he might sort of make stuff up about history, too?

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