I was recently accused of "[speaking] with the arrogance of youth" with respect to my defense of Magisterial teaching on contraception. However, my points were not challenged. I encounter that sort of thing a lot these days. Insult, followed by dismissal.
I wanted to deploy my ready rejoinder that:
- As flattered as I am that this teaching in all its prescience could be attributed to my meager intellect, I seem to recall this teaching being promulgated in an encyclical (Humanae Vitae) by an by a certain elderly Pope Paul VI just 10 short years before his death
- No Catholic, man or woman should be intimidated or cowed into silence on this great moral issue of our time. As I've asserted previously in other threads in the Catholic match fora, artificial contraception is not solely an issue of "women's health" (whatever that is). I know plenty of men who seem to be as married to artificial contraceptives (like condoms and spermicides) as feminists allege that women are.
- Men especially needn't be intimidated by fraudulent accusations of sexism or misogyny simply for daring to raise this topic, so, I hope by introducing it here I can move us one step closer to openness and dialog