In 1966 a majority of Pope Paul VI’s Commission for the Study of Population, Family and Birth voted for a change in the Catholic Church’s ban on contraception. A member of that majority, Canon Pierre de Locht, wrote in his diary optimistically, ‘It will not be possible any longer to reaffirm the general condemnations of contraception. I do not understand what excuse he [the pope] can use to impose on the Church his own personal opinion. The research he set in motion does not make sense if he does not take it into account’.
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