General News of Wednesday, 9 December 2015
A Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, has said the church is not against birth control.
According to him, it is the belief of the Pope that spacing of children could help address issues of hunger and deprivation that the church is passionate about.
In an interview with the BBC, Cardinal Turkson who is the Pope’s lead adviser on climate change said the church has, however, not changed its position on the use of contraceptives.
“This has been talked about, and the Holy Father on his trip back from the Philippines also invited people to some form of birth control, because the church has never been against birth control and people spacing out births and all of that. So yes, it can offer a solution,” he stated.
He continued: “Having more mouths to feed is a challenge for us to be productive also, which is one of the key issues being treated over here, the cultivation and production of food, and its distribution. So yes it engages us in food security management, so we ensure that everybody is fed and all of that. The amount of population that is critical for the realization of this is still something we need to discover, yet the Holy Father has also called for a certain amount of control of birth. For us, one thing must dominate. We need to look at the front line states and what they are going through now, and in the light of concern for what they are feeling now, to simply adopt a measure that can ensure the existence of all of us.
“Our profession of love for God must necessarily lead to our love for the handwork of God, for what God has made, so let’s have some love for creation and for the human beings.”