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Bishops' Meeting / Pastoral Letter / Birth Control / Issues #198414

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 15, 1968
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(Studio) Roman Catholic bishops issue statement on birth control.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Pastoral letter adopted 180-8. Statement supports Pope Paul's birth control encyclical but says Catholics who practice it won't be denied sacraments. [Bishop John J. WRIGHT - says those using artificial birth control acting against Church's teaching. Circumstances may reduce moral guilt. Doesn't know if letter will help dissident priests. Hopes it'll add to theological discussion on matter.] 41 Washington, DC priests suspended for challenging encyclical saw letter as concession. [Reverend John MCGARRAGHY - says group has asserted that we'd respect consciences of people who dissented from encyclical. Position vindicated by letter. Looks to O'Boyle to lift penalties.] 2 Washington, DC priests leaving parish duties. [Rev. Charles EBBECKE - withdraws from ministry; refuses to cooperate with injustice. Won't go back until penalties lifted.] Dissident priests consider appeal to Pope.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) No reaction from Vatican. Bps. urge reassessment of United States presence in Vietnam and call for revision of draft law in pastoral letter.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Reasoner, Harry;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:04:10

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