.- Archbishop Hector Aguer of the La Plata in Argentina said on Monday that the new book by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, âNocturnal Conversations in Jerusalem,â âcasts doubt on truths and practicesâ continuously taught by the Church.
During his program âKeys to a Better World,â the archbishop said that in his book, Cardinal Martini casts doubt on âtruths and practices permanently upheld by the Church, such as the celibacy of priests, priestly ordination reserved to men and the immorality of homosexual relations.â
He also pointed out that the cardinal harshly criticizes Pope Paul VI and the encyclical Humane Vitae, which he claims âhas caused great harm by prohibiting artificial contraceptionâ and that it âhas made many people leave the Church and the Church leave many people.â
âIt is noteworthy that such an important, intelligent and outstanding cardinal such as Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has echoed and made his own the criticisms that the secularized culture and those elements within the Church that have embraced dissent against the Magisterium have aimed at the Church for decades,â Archbishop Aguer said.
Archbishop Aguer noted that the âdoctrine of Humanae Vitae is based on a constant tradition that goes back to the Fathers,â and that âsince the beginning of the 19th century, when modern technology offered new methods for frustrating the fertility of the conjugal act, the Magisterium has been consistent in pointing out the correct path.â
The archbishop mentioned such documents as Pius XIâs âCasti Connubii,â numerous discourses by Pius XII, Vatican IIâs âGaudium et Spes,â various statements by John XXIII, Paul VIâs âHumanae Vitae,â and the teachings of John Paul II, especially his theology of the body as part of the Churchâs teaching. âBenedict XVI has expressly ratified the doctrine of âHumanae Vitaeâ,â Archbishop Aguer added.
He went on to say that Cardinal Martiniâs statements have probably found an audience in some elements of the Church, âbut with all due respect to the illustrious cardinal I fear that for most of the faithful, they have been scandalous.â
âIf we follow our Catholic instincts,â the archbishop stated, âwe know very well what we need to follow. We must adhere to the constant doctrine of the Church and the teaching of Benedict XVI, who is the shepherd that today guides us all.â