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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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Contraception is against Charity because it turns the man and woman in upon themselves instead of including God in what the Church teaches is the sacred act of the Sacrament of marriage - however, I imagine the reader might not believe this, thus I will give a less ‘religious’ argument, which is quite obvious to the open minded reader. Frankly, most people say that they love each other, and this is the reason for sex - rightfully so in the case of a marriage open to the arrival of children. However, to love someone is to give your all for them - (‘love one another…as I have loved you’. Christ gave His life for us - even if you don’t think it availed the world any good there is no doubt that man called Jesus died because He believed it was saving the people of the world, us, from the certainty of hell).
Using contraception is not giving your all, it is saying ‘I love you, but I am not prepared to share with you this most awesome power of giving life. This creative act, this act of full communion with you and with God I choose to obstruct (by whatever means, chemical or material). It is not you that I truly love, but it is simply the pleasure I can gain from making use of you in this way. I don’t want to have children with you, I just want the pleasure of sex with you without its natural (God designed) result’. This is not Charity, not a complete giving of self or even a fulfilling of the act, it is the seeking of pleasure (im)pure and simple from the other person’s body, and thus is selfish and not charitable. This, moralists would call mutual masturbation.
The reader may not believe this in the religious context, but in a common sense context all the above makes sense, as do the commandments of the Church which follow -
1)That contraception, as it is intrinsically selfish (even if both partners are willing in their mutual use of the thing), and against the will of God (the natural result of conception), is not to be used by anyone because it is not an act of love, and in fact goes against the love we should strive to attain.
2)That sex is for marriage, so that the couple are pledged to one another, and thus are held by a vow before God and by honour not to leave the other, that the relationship be secure and that the children which are the natural fruit of marriage be brought up in a safe and stable environment.

A Church which teaches Love and charity can scarcely avoid teaching against contraception as it is intrinsically against the way of life that seeks to attain heaven through practising love, love with all one’s heart, all one’s soul and all one’s mind.

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