Simon makes the solid case that Rome is not. Let me tell you how she gets to this conclusion, especially in light of the last few weeks.
You all know about the contraception debate, right? Rome doesn’t support contraception or non-procreative sex (with certain caveats).
Then, last week, the Holy See came out with a statement urging Catholic Bishops in the United States to wade into the waters a bit deeper, even to the point of criticizing gay marriage and lobbying against such efforts.
Pope Benedict XVI waded deep into U.S. campaign politics Friday, urging visiting U.S. bishops to beef up their teaching about the evils of premarital sex and cohabitation, and denouncing what he called the “powerful’’ gay marriage lobby in America.
As debate over health care coverage for birth control rages in the United States, Benedict said there was an urgent need for Catholics in America to discover the value of chastity — an essential element of Christian teaching that he said had been subject to unjust “ridicule.’’
To call someone a bit, they must apply rules differently. Rome doesn’t. They aren’t bigots, then. They view sex for one reason, and that of procreation.
Now, I don’t completely agree, or maybe I do, but define procreation differently. Anyway…
Just thought I’d share.