They Still Don't Get It

How can a church that judges so many faithful cover up its own offenses?

The Roman Catholic Church holds as an important doctrine that sexuality, though a gift from God, is fraught with moral danger. There is also only one legitimate form of sexual expression--a married heterosexual relationship, always open to the possibility of procreation. So the nature of sex is inescapably bound up with the creation of new life, and any attempt to get around that nature, any variation upon it, is a violation of what God intends. The church therefore condemns masturbation for the same reason that it condemns homosexual sex and contraception. And Catholic doctrine also bars divorce, because it violates the...

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