Christina, this is why this is such a horrible Chastisement. The laity are caught in a catch-22. I am not qualified to field all the answers and quite frankly I don't know if anyone here is. Let me clarify something though. No Catholic is obliged to follow anyone in authority above us if we are told to sin or if we are told sin is okay. So it is not only the Pope we are supposed to follow, but all those in authority over us. A local Bishop, for example, may issue a proclamation that we are to avoid attending a certain Church because it is schismatic. We are obliged to follow the Bishop in this decree. If the same Bishop was however sexually abusing a child and we knew about it and he ordered us not to tell, we would have no obligation to follow him because he is ordering us to aid him in his sin. So if anyone tells you we are to obey Pope Francis (or any Pope) no matter what he says this person is wrong. That is not now and never has been the Catholic position. Blind obedience is not a Catholic teaching. If a Pope handed you a gun and told you to murder your neighbor you would not be obliged to do it. The Pope is under the protection of the Holy Spirit. He will not directly tell you that you are bound under the magisterium to sin. What is happening is the Bishops are being allowed to go wild and institute all sort of horrible and sacrilegious practices. They should be stopped. (Note: obviously there are many good Bishops, not all of them are participating in this.) If you are confused by something that comes out of Rome or the local Bishops then refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. That will tell you the true teaching. For example the CCC says that contraception is wrong under every circumstance. Period. Don't worry if a local Bishops conference says it is okay. Just stay away from it. It is intrinsically evil. I think as Mario pointed out in another post that if they do "reinterpret" Humanae Vitae it will most likely not come out and say that contraception is okay now. What it might come out and say is it is okay "under certain circumstances" possibly depending upon the culpability of the person using it and/or their conscience. I doubt they will rewrite the Catechism though so just refer to the Catechism and you will still see it remains always sinful.