Warning: this may offend you if you are overly religious or if perhaps, you are Catholic.
Still here? Alrighty then, you’ve been warned. Have you been following the story about the zika virus and the Catholic Church in Latin America?
The virus is spreading quickly there and is linked to birth defects so officials in some countries are warning women against getting pregnant. This prompted the bishops to reassert the church’s position on contraceptives and abortion. Okay, I’ll give them the one on abortion. They can hardly come out say they are now okay with it. I understand that. But contraceptives? C’mon man!
“Contraceptives are not a solution,” said Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, the secretary general of the National Council of Bishops of Brazil, and an auxiliary bishop of Brasília, in an interview. “There is not a single change in the church’s position.”
This is asinine and a perfect example of the harm that organized religion can sometimes do. According to this article, 91% of Catholics in Latin America disagree with the church on contraception. What about that other 9% though? How many babies will be born with birth defects because people were afraid to go against their church? Can’t the church come out with a special, temporary dispensation on condoms and the pill until the zika virus is under control? Shouldn’t they be putting the health and welfare of their members ahead of their archaic rules?
Shame, shame, shame.
PS Thank you to my sister for sending me this article.