Rev. Msgr. Vincent Foy, in his wisdom, wanted a new pamphlet that he prepared before his death entitled “Contraception – Why Not?” made available in parishes to promote love and life. Permission has been granted for parishes to print copies; it is not copyright.
Let us celebrate and honour the Fiftieth Anniversary of the glorious papal encyclical Humanae vitae (Of Human Life) by having this pro-life brochure widely distributed. Please share it with others.
Here is the pamphlet that you or your parish can simply print on 8.5 x 11 paper and fold in the middle:
Contraception – Why Not?
Here is a larger copy of the text for reading Online:
Contraception – Why Not? (larger size)
In the Oct. 29, 2017 issue, the article about the death of ex-priest Gregory Baum erroneously stated that Msgr. Vincent “Foy popularized a theory that Mr. Baum had excommunicated himself by marrying before his laicization was formally recognized by the Vatican.”
This was not a “theory”. In fact, as a Canon lawyer Msgr. Foy was assigned and in charge of the sad duty of the laicization of priests. Msgr. was informed that Gregory Baum initially got civilly married without first being laicized as a priest. Msgr. knew the superiors of the Augustinian order that Baum was a member of.
In his 1996 article “Notes on Gregory Baum” Msgr. Foy reported: “In its issue of January 14, 1978, the Catholic Register reported that ‘Gregory Baum, noted Canadian theologian and outspoken critic of the Church, married a former nun in a private ceremony recently in Montreal . . . the bride is Shirley Flynn, who left her religious order about 15 years ago.’ He had previously cancelled an application for laicization. According to Canon 2388 of the Code of Canon Law in force at that time, he was automatically excommunicated.”
Baum wrote in his autobiography “I decided to leave informally. I published a brief statement in the Globe and Mail saying that I was leaving the priesthood because of my disagreement with the church’s sexual ethics …”