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You’ve got to be kidding me: Military Issues Gag Order On Catholics

February 4, 2012

This here is an interesting post, courtesy of The Creative Minority Report:

Military Issues Gag Order On Catholics.

Weakness is rampant in Guhmint leadership. If the only way you can defend an egregious act is to make everyone shut up about it, then you know you’re waaaaaay off base.

President Obama may have created a far bigger problem for himself, politically, than he thinks he solved by throwing the weight of government enforcement behind suppressing the religious practices of the Catholic Church in the United States.  Might not have been such a good idea.

And for those who might respond to this post with diatribes about how dumb the Church is to have a stance against artificial contraceptives, etc., etc.,  save your breath.  Your arguments are specious, and based on faulty logic, and have already been addressed elsewhere in the blogosphere.  If you insist on trying to convince me the Church is wrong, I will engage you, certainly, in conversation.  But to tip my hand, I will want you to show me the great good that has come from ubiquitous use (even among otherwise faithful Catholics) of artificial contraception.  Then, I will ask you to show me where Pope Paul VI was wrong, when in Humanae vitae (Of Human Life), when he pointed out the grave consequences of methods of artificial contraception:

Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection. (no. 17)

He went on  to point out the danger peoples in repressive countries would face from contraceptives in “the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law.”  China, anyone?

So don’t run at me with all the usual arguments (freedom for women, liberation from antiquated notions about sexuality, getting the Church out of my bedroom), until you show me where Paul VI erred in the above.


  1. Tom D'Auria permalink

    I hope there will come, very soon, when this entry can be preached on a Sunday morning.


  2. Elise Jennings permalink

    SHOULD be preached on a Sunday morning. Not enough thinking people have considered the thoughts quoted above.


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