Catholics Reject Church Teachings on Sex -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Timing is everything. On Monday Martin Marty's column about Catholics and sex arrived in my email box. I've been posting it on Wednesdays, so here it is. But on the day it arrived five Supreme Court Justices, all men and interestingly enough all Roman Catholic, ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby's suit against the Department of Health and Human Services. In essence these Justices ruled that Hobby Lobby and a Mennonite-owned business are free to exclude coverage of contraception for their employees. In this column, Marty writes about the upcoming conference of Catholic bishops, which will take up a number of issues including birth control. Marty looks back to the issuance of the papal encyclical that put us in this position. In a move that surprised many Catholics, including those close to Paul VI, he issued Humanae Vitae, which forbade Catholics from using birth control. Marty's article notes that by and large Catholics, at least in North America (and probably elsewhere) are ignoring these teachings. So, here is his take on the issue.