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Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Pope On Sex, Condoms, And Babies!!

For someone who isn't supposed to have sex according to the Catholic Church, the Pope sure does like to concern himself with the sex lives of others. Hmm, I wonder why that is!!

Pope: Sex can become 'like a drug'

VATICAN CITY, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican's teaching against birth control was difficult as he praised a 1968 Church document that condemned contraception.

In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the document, Benedict reiterated the Church's ban against artificial birth control as well as more recent teaching against using artificial procreation methods.

Pope Paul VI's 1968 "Humanae vitae" ("On Human Life") encyclical prohibits Catholics from using artificial birth control.

"The teaching laid out in the 'Humanae vitae' encyclical isn't easy," Benedict said.

"What was true yesterday remains true even today. The truth expressed in 'Humanae vitae' doesn't change; on the contrary, in the light of new scientific discoveries, it is ever more up to date," the pope added.

Benedict appeared to be referring to artificial procreation methods, which in the Church's view offend the dignity of life and go against Vatican teaching that the only way to conceive a child is through intercourse between husband and wife.

"No mechanical technique can substitute the act of love that two married people exchange as a sign of a greater mystery," Benedict said.

Benedict expressed concern that human life risks losing its value in today's culture and worried that sex could "transform itself into a drug" that one partner had to have even against the will of the other.

"What must be defended is not only the true concept of life but above all the dignity of the very person," the pope added.

Paul VI was said to have agonized over whether to allow artificial conception in preparing the encyclical. Benedict described Paul's decision as the fruit of much suffering and the document as "a significant gesture of courage."

"Forty years after its publication, that teaching not only shows itself to be unchanged in its truth, but it reveals the farsightedness with which the problem was tackled," the pope said.

Yet once again the Pope proves that he just doesn't get it!! Condoms aren't going anywhere. He can piss and moan. He can call it a sin. He can declare that the magical cloud-being known as God will strike every condom user dead. It will not change the fact that people use condoms and will continue to use condoms.

Benedict expressed concern that human life risks losing its value in today's culture and worried that sex could "transform itself into a drug" that one partner had to have even against the will of the other.

Um, that's called RAPE!! The Catholic Church certainly knows a thing or two about that subject, given all the pedophile priests and nuns that they have!! I find it interesting that he is "worried" about rape, yet when a rape victim becomes pregnant as a result of the rape he doesn't give a damn. He thinks the rape victim should be forced to give life to her rapist's spawn. Screw the victim!! She isn't worth shit!!

Benedict appeared to be referring to artificial procreation methods, which in the Church's view offend the dignity of life and go against Vatican teaching that the only way to conceive a child is through intercourse between husband and wife.

"No mechanical technique can substitute the act of love that two married people exchange as a sign of a greater mystery," Benedict said.

So what, people with fertility problems shouldn't be allowed to experience the joy of having a baby simply because the Church says "artificial" conception is wrong? Please bitch!! People have a right to use medical technology if that is the only way they can conceive a child. The Pope and the Catholic Church have no business and no authority to tell them that it's wrong. They have no business involving themselves in the reproductive decisions of other people. It is not their business.

What's next? Declaring adoption an abomination because the child wasn't conceived by the person or people who adopted the child? It wouldn't surprise me!!

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1 Comments:

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Ida said…

    Forty years after the first publication of the encyclical on Human Life, the Catholic Church remains exactly the same--ignoring the rapid spread of AIDS in Africa, not facing the fact that some don't want children and not realizing by not allowing contraception they are promoting child abuse and negligent parents.

    Most of the western world will just continue to ignore these teachings and "bans" like they have been for the past 4 decades, but who the Pope should be thinking of are the millions of people in poorer civilizations still looking up to the Church for guidance. There are many that truly believe they will be punished by God after using a condom, and so the spread of vicious STDs continues.

    Banning artificial procreation is also ridiculous--the Catholic Church believes if a couple cannot have children naturally, they should not be married. Basically, they would rather have children brought into unloving families than into loving homes. To read more from this article, please go to http://www.theidaexpress.com

     

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