Roman Catholics: A Stern No to Birth Control

Seldom has a theological pronouncement been so anxiously awaited as Pope Paul's long-promised verdict on birth control. A special pontifical commission agonized over the subject for five years.

Roman Catholics the world over found themselves in a somewhat ambiguous moral position while the re-examination went on; it is no secret that many confessors have given permission to penitents to practice birth control on the old principle that lex dubia non obligat — a doubtful law is not binding. Now Pope Paul has decided to remove the doubt by restating Roman Catholicism's traditional view that any artificial interference with...