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By Richard A. Spinello,  The Catholic Thing, Sept. 29, 2022

Richard A. Spinello is Professor of Management Practice at Boston College and a member of the adjunct faculty at St. John’s Seminary in Boston. He is the author of The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary and The Splendor of Marriage: St. John Paul II’s Vision of Love, Marriage, Family, and the Culture of Life.

Since the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) was restructured several years ago by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, it has been mired in a series of high-profile scandals.  The most recent controversy surrounds the publication of The Theological Ethics of Life.  Woven into this book are proposals for modifying doctrines such as the prohibition against medically assisted procreation.  The book also questions the teaching of Humanae Vitae, which forbids the use of contraceptives.

One of the contributors, Gilfredo Marenzo, argues that if “practical circumstances” make “the choice to generate irresponsible,” a couple may have recourse to the use of contraception devices. …