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Thursday, August 9, 2012

An Easy Way to Show Support for the Holy Father and our Bishops

The Bellarmine Forum has launched a new effort, "Campaign for Humanae Vitae" to show the support of faithful Catholics for the more vigorous teaching of Humanae Vitae by the Holy Father and the Bishops.  They have launched an online petition drive, aiming to gather one million signatures of support.  Here is the text of the petition:
Your Holiness, Your Excellencies:
We the undersigned Catholic faithful express to you our gratitude for your exercise of your teaching office. We pledge to support in every possible way your efforts to teach the Faith, in all its Truth, “in season and out of season.” [2 Tim. 4:2]
As you respond to Christ’s call to “Go, and teach all nations,” the Church’s religious freedom is under attack. So is the Deposit of Faith itself, especially Humanae Vitae, the Church’s vital teaching on the sanctity of Christian marriage. Our culture is collapsing because the fundamental truths of Humanae Vitae have been forgotten or ignored.
Your Holiness, we humbly express our gratitude to Holy Mother Church for the teaching of Humanae Vitae. Thank you for your repeated requests that it be taught vigorously, and in its entirety.
Your Excellencies, we pray that you will speak out boldly and with confidence in defense of the moral truths of Humanae Vitae – all of them. Please ask your priests to preach Humanae Vitae "with confidence" and "without ambiguity" (HV, 28), fortified by prayer and with the assurance that it constitutes “a promulgation of the law of God Himself.” (HV, 20)
We thank God, and we promise to pray, for your continued teaching and "safeguarding" of "the holiness of marriage" (HV, 30) and for your valiant defense of the Faith.
You can sign by going here:  Campaign For Humanae Vitae™: Prayerful Petition of the Faithful to the Holy Father and to Our Beloved Bishops.

The website has some supporting quotes.  One in particular struck me:
A person must believe with divine and Catholic faith all those things contained in the word of God, written or handed on, that is, in the one deposit of faith entrusted to the Church, and at the same time proposed as divinely revealed either by the solemn magisterium of the Church or by its ordinary and universal magisterium which is manifested by the common adherence of the Christian faithful under the leadership of the sacred magisterium; therefore all are bound to avoid any doctrines whatsoever contrary to them.--Code Of Canon Law, 750 §1

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