Religion: Heroism v. Sex

The morality of sex has never been simple—but the Catholic rule about sex has always been definite. Modern developments in contraception, surgery, psychology and artificial insemination have never changed that rule. Last week, in a 9,000-word speech to the Italian Catholic Union of Midwives, Pope Pius XII freshened up the signposts along the Roman Catholic road. His main points:

¶ Any interference with the normal processes of conception and birth, whether by contraceptives or abortion, is forbidden to Catholics.

¶ If doctors and nurses have to choose between mother & child, they must remember that "it is illicit for the sake of...

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