I pray that our new Pope will be a strongly convicted, conservative one.
I was married in 1968, and did get the "use your conscience regarding birth control" message during Pre-Cana instruction--thankfully, we knew better. The Church teachings have been so watered-down that we even had to have many discussions about what our children were being taught in Catholic Schools--never let your guard down or blindly trust that "Catholic" always follows the teachings of Christ. Too often in these modern times, it is following "the teachings of the world," and spreading that feels-good, non-judgementalism, psycho-babble instead of God's Word.
May we be led back to the basics: we are here to Know, Love, and Serve God. Simple and elegant.