Fragment of the Didache
posted on 02/16/2012 12:17:41 PM PST
To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Not only did many of the great theologians address abortion and contraception, but so did some councils. The Council of Elvira in Spain (305) decreed two canons forbidding the sacraments to women who committed abortion: If a woman becomes pregnant by committing adultery, while her husband is absent, and after the act she destroys (the child), it is proper to keep her from Communion until death, because she has doubled her crime (63). Canon 68 reads: If a catechumen should conceive by an adulterer, and should procure the death of the child, she can be baptized only at the end of her life.
posted on 02/16/2012 12:18:59 PM PST
("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
posted on 02/16/2012 12:26:14 PM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
("Justice and judgment are the foundation of His throne." Psalm 89:14)
I think this is an interesting philosophical debate, and it has awakened some thoughts in me.
I enjoy the company of the opposite sex as much as anyone. (I will forego the details.) But I never really thought about this aspect before: if someone’s taking a pill, or using what is essentially the equivalent of surgical gloves (do I have to spell it out?) in connection with an activity, that doesn’t sound like the definition of “intimacy” to me. Sounds like the opposite! On some level, it makes the execrise seem kind of silly, or pointless in a way. Like going wading in the ocean but wearing a full deep-sea diver’s suit.
No, I am not starting a crusade to ban birth control. but it’s interesting for me to realize that some of the ideas I have taken for granted are changing.
I don’t know if this makes sense. please delete if inappropriate.
posted on 02/16/2012 12:26:36 PM PST
(Catholic teaching unchanged for 2000 yrs)
TEN TIMES older than the outdated Constitution; and both written by dead white men! That PROVES the teaching is out of date, and needs to CHANGE! /SARC
posted on 02/16/2012 12:28:32 PM PST
("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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