From the synod: married couple asks bishops to clear up “contradictory advice” on contraception

From CNS: 

A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops that the church should stop giving “contradictory advice” on birth control and help Catholics obey church teaching against contraception.

On the same morning, one of the synod’s leaders spoke forcefully against a widespread “contraceptive mentality” that has led many Catholics to think the use of artificial birth control is not a sin.

Arturo e Hermelinda Zamberline

Arturo and Hermelinda Zamberline, married for 41 years with three children, addressed the synod during the morning session Oct. 9. The designated subject for the session was the “pastoral challenges concerning an openness to life.”

“We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who seek to live their marriage seriously, do not feel obligated to use only the natural methods” of birth control condoned by the church, said the Zamberlines, leaders in their country of an international Catholic movement, Teams of Our Lady. “We must add that generally they are not questioned by their confessors” on the subject.

The Zamberlines, who are participating in the synod as non-voting auditors, said the “rhythm of life” today makes it difficult to find time to learn natural methods of family planning, which they said have acquired an “unjust reputation of being unreliable,” because they are badly explained and thus badly practiced.

“The great majority of couples do not reject the use of contraceptive methods. In general, they do not consider them a moral problem,” the Zamberlines said.

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