In 1930 Pope Pius XI issued Casti Connubii, explaining the position of the Catholic Church on contraception.
This followed the discovery by the Anglican bishops, after almost 2 000 years (Lambeth Conference, 1930, resolution 15), that contraception itself was perhaps not so sinful after all.
Following this, Protestants began using contraception. Catholics did not really follow them until 1968, when Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, which made it clear that artificial contraception was always seriously evil.
Even before the public could see a copy of this new document, an orchestrated wave of dissent by theologians and teachers at Catholic colleges swept the world with the certainty that Pope Paul was wrong. The media cheered.
How did Australian bishops respond? Silence at first. Priests were left to fend for themselves. Finally, after about six years, the bishops issued a statement, including this unfortunate contortion:
The encyclical On Human Life is an authentic and authoritative document of the Church, and as such, it calls for a religious submission of will and of mind (Lumen Gentium n.25). . . It is not impossible, however, that an individual may fully accept the teaching authority of the Pope in general, may be aware of his teaching in this matter and yet reach a position after honest study and prayer that is at variance with papal teaching. Such a person could be without blame; he would certainly not have cut himself off from the Church; and in acting in accordance with his conscience he could be without subjective fault.
How a Catholic could accept Catholic teaching and differ from it at the same time was not explained. Also not explained was how bishops managed to go along with such logic. Rome expressed some misgivings at this lack of clarity, and two years later the bishops added:
The Episcopal Conference informs the Directors of Catholic Family Planning Centres and Priests connected with this work, that the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church contained in Humanae Vitae that “every action which either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is “intrinsically evil” and to be absolutely excluded, binds the consciences of all without ambiguity and excludes the possibility of a probable opinion opposed to this teaching.
It would appear that the bishops had ensured that the stable door was now bolted shut. But where was the horse, after six years of galloping around the countryside and trotting calmly over the horizon? By this time many Catholics were already contraceiving as fast as Protestants.
Back in the dark days of World War 2, Australia had a population of just 7 million. In spite of this, we had a significant impact on the Desert War against the Italians, and then the Afrika Korps. Following the Japanese invasion of New Guinea, our troops were able to stop their advance at Milne Bay, and shortly after, just north of Port Moresby, the first Allied land victories against the Japanese.
In those days Australian society was very conservative, and people were far more religious than they are today. No drugs; very little crime of any sort. Around 80% of Catholics were at Mass each Sunday. Had our society been guided along the same path, it is not impossible that today we'd have 100 million prosperous Australians, with our own industries. Australia would be so secure as to be untouchable.
There would be jobs for builders, tradesmen, teachers. But in the seventies education departments announced that they would no longer accept the full output of trained teachers from universities and teachers' colleges. So we were seeing the effects of Humanae Vitae after just ten years. Who among the bishops noticed?
In those days just after the war, a family of four to six children would produce a clutch of future taxpayers who could support the generation before them. We are now approaching a time when one new taxpayer might have to shoulder the burden of supporting half a dozen senior citizens, and one or two illegal immigrants as well. A burden not many will be anxious to accept.
For many years Australia had an immigration drive to bring here people who would fit into our society and contribute to our wellbeing. Over the last few years governments have abandoned any responsibility to those who pay their wages, and brought here permanently migrants who will not integrate, who oppose our way of life, and who are not so keen on getting useful employment.
These have settled into ghettos where those who do not share their beliefs are not permitted to enter. And our police, instead of defending our rights, support their bigotry.
No-Go Zones in Victoria
Lauren Southern made a visit to Lakemba.
The Truth About Lakemba
It is worse in the UK. It is not impossible that today's UK is a picture of our tomorrow.
Islamic Britain: the TRUTH about no go zones
No go zones in the UK for police
No-Go Zones, UK: White Brits will soon be minority in Birmingham, U.K.
Much of England now worships a god of violence, and English children in many towns will grow up in an alien environment.
Older Muslim men marry young women, often underage girls. And they can marry four of them. With perhaps 20 children, there is no need for men to get a job, and assisted housing can be accessed in numbers. While Christian men go to work, Muslims stay home, watch TV, live a comfortable life on our labour. And continue to procreate, while we don't.
This is the result of the lack of teaching on contraception by our bishops and priests for the last half century. When they reach their final interview, do they think they will not be asked some very serious questions? Or is God not just after all?