. . . that lots of people don't listen to their religious leaders. (A tangential ramble on the road to motherhood.)
The Pope has reiterated the church's ban against artificial birth control as well as its ban on any methods of artificial procreation. For years Catholics have had a wink-wink attitude towards the no birth-control rule made by those who don't play the game, and will continue to do so. But most of them aren't walking out of their churches because they think the Pope's message is -- nuts.
The church also opposes in vitro fertilization. "No mechanical technique can substitute the act of love that two married people exchange as a sign of a greater mystery," Benedict said. So, who's stopping them? It's just that sometimes to get a baby -- which for mysterious reasons doesn't always happen -- some non-divine intervention is required.
Papal nonsense, cont'd.
The reason that the Pope -- and other religious conservatives -- oppose in vitro has nothing to do with mortals playing God. It has everything to do with the bible's injunction against spilling one's seed. Yep, masturbation violates God's law, even if the sperm goes immediately into an egg-filled petri dish to do its bidness. I mean, for the sperm, this is like taking a one-stop flight vs. a non-stop. And from the numbers of multiple births happening all over this country, apparently there are a lot of sperm taking one-stop flights.
Presumably, some of these sperm come from Catholics and others who believe the word of the lord. So they know that this stance is utter nonsense, but they don't disavow the pope or sever ties with their church. They just put that wackiness aside and keep the parts of their faith that sustain them. If they didn't, there'd be very few people left to fill the pews.
And that's my early dawn Mother's Day musing. Huzzah to all of you mothers out there, no matter how you got there.