Cornell University Press author Leslie Woodcock Tentler, author of Catholics and Contraception: An American History is consulted in today’s edition of the New York Times: Obama Shift on Providing Contraception Splits Critics.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Tentler said: ‘Part of what is going on is a larger authority issue of who speaks for the church. And I think most Catholics would take exception to the bishops’ argument that only the bishops get to say what is Catholic morality in very difficult situations. It also reflects the unresolved status of the teaching on contraception, which is widely violated not just by Catholics, but also by the clergy, who don’t even talk about the issue.’”