Written by The Catholic Herald Thursday, 31 December 2009 12:59
Nothing could be further from the truth, wrote the archbishop-designate, explaining it is his duty as a bishop to state that “by professing and disseminating views in grave contradiction to Catholic teaching, members of such groups “disown their Catholic heritage, tragically distancing themselves from that communion with the Church to which they are called.”
According to a Dec. 1 release from Family Planning Health Services (FPHS), Inc., in Wausau, Catholics for Choice (CFC) has begun collaborating with FPHS to provide information about emergency contraception. In the release, Lon Newman, executive director of Family Planning Health Services, said, “Our role in this partnership is to help patients come to an informed decision. The role of Young Catholics for Choice (YCFC) is to help members of our community come to a balanced understanding of these controversial issues from a faith-based perspective.”
One member of the group, Marissa Valeri, is quoted in the release saying, “Catholics disagree with the Vatican’s stance on birth control. We trust our own consciences more than the church hierarchy’s when we make decisions about family planning. This includes the use of emergency contraception – which is a vital part of ensuring that women, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, can decide when and whether to become pregnant.”
Members of the group have gone on local television and also have advocated for the “Plan B” contraceptive at a press conference.
Archbishop-designate Listecki concluded his statement saying, “We pray that they may reconcile their position which is contrary to the Catholic faith they claim to profess.”