Medicine: Rhythm

The Pope frowns on all forms of contraception because they prevent the birth of children, prime purpose of Roman Catholic matrimony. A thoroughgoing realist, the Pope at the same time knows that many loving Catholics who fear to have children defy his pontifical frown. Therefore he decided that it is morally right and proper for Catholic couples to utilize the wife's monthly rhythm of sterility and fertility as a natural method of contraception.

The Pope gave permission to do so in his 1930 Encyclical on Marriage, Casti Connubii. Said he: "Nor are those...

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