The Pope (Benedict XVI) today re-affirmed the Vatican’s opposition to artificial birth control.
Contraception “means negating the intimate truth of conjugal love, with which the divine gift (of life) is communicated”. He went on to say he had no opposition to ‘natural” birth control- which either means abstenance, or hoping the woman’s period is regular enough that you can work out when she’s ‘safe’ (though this isn’t a given). I’m not sure about the “John Wayne Method”- a fast draw before shooting (though how many men really have that much self control at orgasm?)
I’m not sure what he hopes to achieve. It won’t stop casual sex – “Do me big boy, but no jonnies- his Holiness doesn’t like them used while I’m fornicating” – if you are shagging around the ‘no jonnies rule’ is really not a major worry. The poor will have two choices- no sex in a marriage or risk another mouth to feed. All that he can hope is to drive more people in the developed world away from the Church.
Religeous leaders bemoan the fact that liberal countries are opposed to religeon. Could it be that liberal countries also tend to be somewhat educated as well?