In a blog post yesterday, Msgr Pope appears to be minimizing the damage done by Pope Francis' attempt to change Church doctrine and to chide faithful Catholics (including Yours Truly) into silence. Please remember that this blog is hosted on a server owned by the Archdiocese of Washington and that he has been quashed by them before. However, if you read through the comments, you'll see that many of his readers comprehend the far-reaching implications of this latest action by Pope Francis. Edward Feser of First Things elaborates on this further.
The Not-At-All Catholic Reporter opined last week that abortion should not be criminalized and that if we really want to end abortion, we'll need "support for birth control". In other words, to eliminate one evil, substitute another. In this screed against laws to prevent abortion, I wonder what the authors would think if we were to substitute "racism" for "abortion"? But I digress.
Of course they waxed lyrical over Francis' death penalty gaffe and what they acknowledge as an attempt to change Church teaching. They really have no concern for obeying Church teaching, as evidenced by their dismissive attitudes towards contraception. But perhaps they believe that the pope will try to bastardize the Church's teachings on contraception. I regret they may be correct in that prediction.