To the Editor:Re “The Pope vs. the Pill,” by John L. Allen Jr. (Op-Ed, July 27), on the Roman Catholic Church’s continued commitment to the papal ban on birth control:The encyclical “Humanae Vitae” suffers from a profound lack of humanity. Forty years ago, Pope Paul VI could and did choose to disregard the recommendations he solicited from Catholic couples and physicians — recommendations based on the real, human experience of marital love — in issuing his mechanistic prohibition.That a group of celibate men can continue to leverage the faith to enforce this ban, and continue to cause needless anguish among decent people throughout the world who want to do right by their religious belief, is no accomplishment.Terrence R. Connelly
Palo Alto, Calif., July 27, 2008
If the "decent people" described above "want to do right by their religious belief", then they would embrace the teachings of that religious belief and so there would be no "needless anguish." Unless, of course, he speaks of those folks who want to "be" Catholic but only as it is defined by them as to what it means to be "Catholic."
By the way, the prohibition is behavioral, and not mechanistic. You see, because absent conditions like insanity, St. Vitus dance, and sleepwalking, a person makes a choice whether or not to follow certain guidelines, and therein lies the fuller picture of a person's behavior.
Let me put it bluntly, Terry - it's mechanistic to piss out your willy, 'cause there ain't no other way. When His Holiness issues a prohibition, you still have the choice to follow it . . . or not.