Fr. Lombardi (when is he 'retiring?!!) affirmed that Pope Francis was condoning condoms and birth control pills to unburden the world of children with birth defects.
Fr. Lombardi told Vatican Radio today, “The contraceptive or condom, in particular cases of emergency or gravity, could be the object of discernment in a serious case of conscience. This is what the Pope said.”
According to Lombardi, the pope spoke of “the possibility of taking recourse to contraception or condoms in cases of emergency or special situations. He is not saying that this possibility is accepted without discernment, indeed, he said clearly that it can be considered in cases of special urgency.”
He said people can't contradict infallible teaching without thinking about it first, but if you think about it and you come to the conclusion it's an emergency, it's perfectly acceptable to use birth control pills and condoms.
Read the rest of Lombardi's statement and it becomes perfectly clear that this error, deception and malfeasance qualify for a canonical trial, IMHO. This is as bad as it gets.
The CDF needs to point out Pope Francis' theological errors, as soon as possible.
I've read a few places, like our beloved Fr. Z and Church Militant FB feed that this is somehow meaningless because off the cuff remarks are beyond his authority.
With all due respect, of course catechized people know the Holy Father's statements do not change Church teaching, but he is most certainly brainwashing our children into errors that seriously impair their ability to make choices that lead them to salvation. People who do not know this are uncatechized or faithful who have had the misfortune of encountering malfeasance of a Catholic priest or teacher. They are in our homes, family, community. Making statements like this and then thinking you've fulfilled your baptismal duty in this matter is underwhelming.