The Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna said during a television interview did not want to condemn the use of the morning-after pill.
"If you must use a contraceptive, you are careful to use one that does not kill life," he said. Therefore, everyone should be fully informed of the use of the pill.
"It is not my role to clarify what pills are good and which are not. The archbishop's role is not to replace the science, "he said. Compared to the general issue of contraception, monsignor Scicluna said that "we must remember that the Church has always discussed in the context of marriage, so we must remember that we are talking about sex within a marriage."
Archbishop on contraception: ‘Only if within marriage and not abortive’
The Church’s teachings on contraception, though always tied to the tenet of sex belonging within the marriage, had softened in the past few years, as long as no life was lost in the process, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna said on Thursday.
In a recorded interview on Xtra on TVM, the archbishop told Saviour Balzan that he was not condoning contraception at large.
“One must remember that the Church always placed the argument in the context of marriage, and it holds on to the tenet of sex belonging within the marriage,” he said.
“What we are saying is that if you have to use a contraceptive, make sure it is not one that kills life.”With regards to the morning-after pill, Scicluna said that the Church was requesting that anyone asking for the morning-after pill be informed of its functions and effects.
“We must also make a clear distinction between abortive products and contraceptive pills,” he said. “But it is not my role to identify which brand of pill is good and which isn’t, because the role of the archbishop is not to replace science.”