Church, Sex, and Society

The power of any society is a function of the unity of belief among its members.  For nearly 2,000 years, being a Catholic was an all-or-nothing proposition that demanded the believer's assent to all the Church taught.  However, by the end of the 1960s the cafeteria Catholic emerged, nibbling here and there among Mother Church's teachings.  No longer expected to accept it all, many Catholics feel free to disregard what doesn't suit them. The unity of belief that marked Catholicism for two millennia has disappeared, taking the power of Peter's Chair with it.  Of all the Church's teachings, none is more widely ignored than her condemnation of contraception.  The event that changed everything for Catholics, the Second Vatican Council, ended in December 1965.  In June 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut, the case that opened the way to marketing oral contraceptives.  A revolution in chemistry freed man from the designed purpose...(Read Full Article)