Religion: Contretemps over Contraception

An American archbishop tells the Pope his policy is not working

Pope John Paul II rarely minces words. In both affluent America and impoverished Africa, he has made it clear there will be no Vatican compromise in the ban on artificial birth control. Last week, however, John Paul sat intently listening in the Vatican's starkly modern Synodal Hall as an equally forthright churchman declared that the present church policy simply is not working.

The remarkable speech came at the start of the sixth Synod of Bishops, before 216 delegates summoned from around the world to...

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