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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Catholic Church still pesky

Catholic Church opposing condoms in Africa, despite HIV threats [2]
The Catholic Church is still strongly opposing the use of condoms in Africa. In Kenya, local Bishops have instead recommended that abstinence, "counselling" and "ethics" are used to prevent the spread of HIV, instead of condoms, and Bishop Korir said that only "the guilty were afraid and resorted condoms" and that he wanted "no condom talk". Dr Muga, Kenya, said that the government has reduced infection rate from 14% to 10% as a result of sex education and condom contraception.

Birmingham Catholic church boycotts Comic Relief because charity money raised might go into a family planning charity. Father Guy Nicholls, parish priest of the Oratory in Edgbaston, opposed the charity that was running a family planning charity for street children, and also giving them access to healthcare.[4]

Thankfully the UK doesn't have *as much* of a problem with Catholicism as the rest of the world. Africa and the USA are the two "most Catholic" areas.

There is some hope, though:[1]

"Forty three per cent of Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales do not support the Church's ban on contraception, while another 19 per cent were unsure whether to support the policy or not.

The findings come in a poll of 1,482 priests that was released last week. They will have the Pope livid with fury - he simply cannot tolerate dissent.

The poll also revealed that one in four priests were no longer convinced of the need for "chastity", while 21 per cent said that homosexuals should be allowed into the priesthood"

It is ridiculous that "moral" figures such as priests should, in the Catholic Church in the UK, think that being gay means you (for some superstitious reason) cannot be a priest. The Catholic Church, now riddled with paedophilia claims, more than 400 cases, really does need to change. Anyone reading this who is a Catholic should consider breaking contact with their church, and any priest should consider openly declaring dissatisfaction with the Vatican's anti-human and anti-equality policies.

Mother Theresa, one of the other "good guys" who has rabidly oppposed condoms, spent millions flying to and fro in Europe and the USA on political campaigns against contraceptives. The Catholic Church, with all it's money, *could* turn itself into a force for good and squarely put the dark ages behind itself, but, riddled with superstition and religious inhibitions, it is still a failure.

[1] 2003 April 4 NSS newsline http://www.secularism.org.uk/newspress/news4apr3t.htm
[2] 2003 Mar 28 NSS newsline http://www.secularism.org.uk/newspress/news28mar3t.htm
[4] 2003 Mar 14 NSS newsline http://www.secularism.org.uk/newspress/news14mar3t.htm

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Dear sirs,
I realize I am somewhat late to the discussion, but seeing as no Roman Catholic has replied, I will, for the sake of any other Catholics who visit these pages and see that the views of the Church are not fairly represented, and partly because I enjoy a good fight!
The reason that the Church is against contraception is really quite simple, but very difficult to put into practise.
The Roman Catholic Church states that it contains the fullness of truth, and the way to salvation and our rightful home with God in heaven. She teaches that the way to live this truth is through love, the highest form of love being charity, and thus the commandments of the Church are all pointed towards the keeping of Her members as close to love as possible. This is not to say that Catholics do not sin as much as everyone else, we all sin, and the Catholic doctrines on original sin are self explanatory on this, but the reason people should be members of the faith is so that they can stay as close as possible to the truth, the love that Christ Himself taught - ‘A new commandment I give you, to love one another; that as I have loved you, you also may love one another’
And then again:
‘One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the greatest of all?"
Jesus answered, "The greatest is,'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one:
you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
The second is like this, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." ‘
All the teachings of the Church come into these commandments, and that on contraception just as much as the rest. Firstly, the Church teaches that sex is for marriage exclusively, for the bringing of children into existence , (literally to populate the kingdom of God in heaven), and for the married couple to show their exclusive and mutual love for one another. Marriage consists in the couple giving their lives to God, to each other, and to their children, that they may grow up in a stable family. Married love is based upon Charity - the highest form of love, which consists in a perpetual outpouring of self towards another for the sake of the other, true living image and likeness of Almighty God.
Contraception is explicitly against nature and charity - against nature by obvious means, and against charity because it is intrinsically selfish - the opposite of charity, for it seeks to gain from the other rather than to give to another.
Firstly how is contraception against nature? Sparing readers the obvious details, contraception essentially seeks to separate the natural end of the act (which God ordained for it - the conception of a child) from the act itself, using the act for either pleasure alone or to show sexual love (not as high a form of love as Charity) while purposefully stopping God’s plan of creation from taking place.

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