CNN’s Leigh Remizowski reports on an ex-teacher’s lawsuit against the Ft. Wayne-South Bend Catholic diocese:
In its statement, diocese officials said that “the church promotes treatment of infertility through means that respect the right to life, the unity of marriage, and procreation brought about as the fruit of the conjugal act. There are other infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, which are not morally licit according to Catholic teaching.”
Full disclosure: had I gone to Mass when I lived in Indiana from 1995-97, I would have been a member of this diocese. I’m pretty psyched I didn’t and wasn’t.
I want to root for the church in which I was raised, a dinosaur that hemorrhages flock members like it’s its J-O-B. But statements like this make me wonder whose side the Catholic Church is on. (So much so, that I ended a sentence with a preposition.)
We TOTALLY want you to procreate and backstroke through the joyful sea that is parenthood, but only if nature allows it. Pay no attention to the fact that, in 1998, the Pope said Viagra was a good thing.
Uh, HELLO, priests: 98% of Catholic women say they have utilized birth control. Get with the program, Padres!
What do you think of the strict adherence to Church doctrine that resulted in this career termination?