Archive for February, 2012

Bishops to Employees: ‘For You, Sex Is To Make Babies. Period.’

Friday, February 10th, 2012

So, the Catholic Bishops in the U.S. are furious that President Obama would dare to require that all church denominations — not just Catholics — offer their hospital and college employees insurance policies that include contraception benefits.

Unique to Catholic laws, as dictated by the celibate, male hierarchy — historically fixated on sex — lies one basic teaching: every act of sexual intercourse must have pregnancy as its goal:

“It is necessary that each and every marriage act remain ordered per se to the procreation of human life.” Catechism of the Catholic Church #2366, written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

In other words, sex is for making babies, not for having pleasure.

Now, I’m a Catholic; and my wife and I have four wonderful daughters. I remember when the Church lost the hearts and minds of its members on contraception in June of 1968, when Pope Paul VI, after much hope and expectation among congregants, released his major proclamation (Encyclical) about sex.

It was called Humanae Vitae, and boiled down to, “contraception is prohibited.”

While it was Paul VI who made the final decision, the person who ordered a six-member advisory board to explore the possibility of a new stand on contraception was John XXIII, the famously open-minded pope who founded the second Vatican Council to “Throw Open the windows of the Church” to fresh thinking. New World Encyclopedia

After John died suddenly in 1963, prospects for a green light on contraception didn’t look so good anymore.

Paul VI ballooned the advisory panel to 72 members, with an executive committee of 16 bishops. The Lively Debate

The die was cast. The decision would slam the church windows shut, ordered by yet another celibate male.

Sex is for making babies; not for marital pleasure alone.

That’s the way we think, Mr. Dishwasher; Ms. Nurse; Mrs. Medical Records; Dr. Physics; Mr. and Ms. Janitor. And we’re going to make sure our health insurance provider takes contraception out of your insurance plan.

You see, we bishops run the show. We are the Catholic Church (not the people in the pews).