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Friday, November 24, 2006

More nonsense on Condoms

I don't understand what these characters who want 'movement' on the Church's teaching on barrier contraceptives are after. The only possible document they could obtain of any authority would be a declaration to the effect that: the gravity of the mortal sins of sleeping with one's spouse even though infected with AIDS combined with the callousness of not trying to mitigate the risk by the use of a Condom is cumulatively greater than the gravity of the mortal sins of sleeping with one's spouse even though infected with AIDS and further distorting the act by using a condom.

This may well be true but it is the equivalent of saying that the direct killing of a terminally ill patient is a grave evil but if you do insist on doing so you will be sinning more by killing them directly than by starving the person to death because in the second case you are at least showing some respect for the civil law.

True or not this is almost completely irrelevant. The doctor in question would, if unrepentant, be going to Hell either way and the only consequence of saying it would be to incite headlines such as "Vatican says starving terminally ill the lesser evil" or more likely "Vatican gives green light to withdrawal of food and fluids".

In general the Church has not wasted her time giving tips on how to go to the fourth circle of Hell instead of the fifth.

It is completely clear, not least from the Compendium, that the use of contraceptives is intrinsically immoral in all circumstances regardless of one's intention in doing so.

"498. What are immoral means of birth control?

Every action - for example, direct sterilization or contraception - is intrinsically immoral which (either in anticipation of the conjugal act, in its accomplishment or in the development of its natural consequences) proposes, as an end or as a means, to hinder procreation."