Tuesday 11 May 2010

Raquel Welch's concerns about the pill echo Pope Paul VI's warning in Humanae Vitae.

Simon Caldwell reports in the Telegraph today that Raquel Welch (pictured) has said:
"the widespread use of oral contraceptives had led to a breakdown in norms of sexual morality and fuelled the growth of rampant promiscuity among the young".
It would be interesting, I think, for students and scholars to compare and contrast Raquel Welch's concerns with the prophetic warning of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae. He wrote:
"Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection." (HV17)
Only last week I suggested that the pro-life should start a counter-revolution on the oral contraceptive pill. I said that symposia need to be organized by the pro-life movement worldwide and suggested four topics to be addressed at such symposia. A fifth topic could be the concerns raised this week by Raquel Welch.

Simon Caldwell concludes his report with these interesting comments from the worldwide star who shot to fame in the 1960s:
She said that in spite of her own three failed marriages she still believed that marriage is the "cornerstone of civilisation, an essential institution that stabilises society, provides a sanctuary for children and saves us from anarchy".

Miss Welch, 69, said: "Seriously folks, if an ageing sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it's gotta be pretty bad."

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