Roman Catholics: The Issue of Imprimatur

In 1951, a French priest named Marc Oraison was awarded the highest possible mark at Paris' Institut Catholique for a doctoral thesis entitled Christian Life and Problems of Sexuality. After it was published as a book, Abbe Oraison was summoned to the Holy Office at the Vatican, where, he recalls, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani and Giuseppe Cardinal Pizzardo counseled him that the best methods for preserving sexual purity are a good diet and fear of sin. As Abbé Oraison wrote in Le Monde: "Twice Cardinal Pizzardo repeated to me, 'For purity—fright, spaghetti and beans.' " Then Cardinal Ottaviani told the...

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