Vatican Clarifies Pope’s Remarks on Zika and Contraception

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

18955836_sA Vatican spokesman has clarified that Pope Francis was speaking about the possible use of contraception to avoid pregnancy during the Zika outbreak, but was only saying that it could be possible “in particular cases of emergency or gravity and could be the object of discernment in a serious case of conscience.”

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Media Distorts JPII Friendship with Philosopher

pope john paul IICommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

A documentary was aired last night on the British television station BBC One about the friendship between St. John Paul II and a female philosopher named Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, erroneously implying that although the pope never “broke his vow of celibacy”, the relationship was much closer than it should have been.

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