CARDINAL HEENAN called the Catholic Press to Westminster on Tuesday to tell them why he is unable to make any statement on birth control.
He explained that he is in the invidious position that anything he says can be attributed with an authority which it does not deserve.
He cannot speak on problems as a whole, because these could be attributed to him as a spokesman for the Vatican birth control commission—which he is definitely not.
As for domestic issues, such as the controversial
story in the Daily Mail on Monday about Catholic; using contraceptives, he said he could not speak. Here again, he feels his words might be misinterpreted.
Charged with ignoring the anguish and anger of Catholic women, Cardinal Ileenan believes he has no alternative but to wait until the Pope makes his pronouncement, perhaps in early slimmer.
"It would be worse for the Church to give a snap decision on this thing. It is a sign that the Church does care that it is waiting to give a fully-informed pronouncement."