On Saturday, May 10, Pope Benedict XVI of the Vatican had addressed the issue of sex and the use of birth control. He had condemned the use of birth control and other contraceptives. In that regard, Benedict XVI brought up a document which was formed back in 1968.
Benedict XVI gave praise to that forty year-old document. On an interesting note, this is the 40th anniversary that the document was created. The document blasts and condemns the use of birth control. He said enforcing the document wasn’t easy to do. In this document, Catholics would not be allowed to use artificial birth control such as the pills, condoms, shots, and so forth. Only natural birth control is abstinence.
In short, this gives off the indication that Benedict XVI is encouraging sexual abstinence. He said that the document known as “Humanae vitae” which is translated into “On Human Life,” that the truth in it has not changed since. In that respect, Benedict XVI blasted artificial means to create children. He said that it is offensive to the teachings of the Vatican. Benedict XVI the only way to have children is through intercourse between a husband and his wife.
He also said that the value of human life was deteriorating in today’s culture. In addition, the Pope expressed his fears and worries that sex will turn into a drug that is addictive such as cocaine.
In short, the speech gives off many implications. If you’re having sex for reasons of pleasure, you’re in the wrong. If you’re trying to have a child through other means than having sex with your spouse, you are in the wrong. These are the possible implications from the 1968 document.
However in the case of the United States, Catholicism and Protestantism has been losing membership. It is highly unlikely that Pope Benedict XVI’s speech is going to take that much effect in the states.