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Birth Control / Catholic Controversy #1934

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 03, 1968
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(Studio) Pope Paul's encyclical on birth control causes controversy. In DC area, 1 priest removed from post and some of duties taken away.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) 51 priests of Washington, DC archdiocese issue declaration of conscience. It says it's all right for married couples to practice artificial birth control. Reverend Father Joseph O'Donoghue 1 of those to sign. On August 4, besides reading pastoral letter to support Pope, he read statements by liberal European bps. opposing decision. Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle suspended him. [O'DONOGHUE - says felt his responsibility was to present issue to the people. Only 5 complained to Cardinal. Parish Bd. unanimously said he didn't confuse the faithful. Church in trouble if it's disobedient to Cardinal to read what other Cardinals say.] [Archbishop of DC Cardinal Patrick O'BOYLE - says this attack not only against birth control; it's attack on authority. Pope is the Supreme Teacher. He's not just 1 more theologian. His teaching must be accepted by all.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) O'Boyle gives other 50 priests until September 14 to accept encyclical.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Reynolds, Frank

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