Monday, December 15, 2008

Why The Vatican Should Just Let It Go

This week the Vatican, operating under Pope Benedict XVI, updated its official position about the behaviors that are considered sinful in human sexuality and reproduction (the last update was 21 years ago, which tells you a lot about the urgency of this). In-vitro fertilization, human cloning, genetic testing on embryos before implantation, and embryonic stem cell research are considered taboo, along with all the newer birth control measures such as the morning-after pill, the Intrauterine Device and RU 486. These transgressions now join the classic Catholic sex-trinity of masturbation, pre-marital sex, and homosexuality in the category of sexual mortal sins which can lead to an eternal life sentence in Lucifer’s slammer, according to Vatican theologians.

Advice about sexuality and reproduction coming from the Vatican carries the same weight as advice about astro-physics and cosmology coming from the Flat Earth Society. Most American Catholics, and the entire non-Catholic world all recognize this. So why does the Vatican still feel the need to weigh in on such topics? Basically, they just don’t get it. They still think they’re relevant in today’s post-medieval world. Despite the best intentions of the men in the red robes and beanies, the stark fact is that these men sworn to celibacy, and living in the ultimate old boy’s club, cannot fully grasp the subtleties of womanhood and parenthood, and they should just let it go.

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