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Thursday, December 08, 2011

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Should Nuns Take the Pill for Health Reasons?

It appears studies have shown nuns who've never been pregnant have a higher risk of reproductive cancers, and this risk can be reduced by the use of birth control pills. What I found interesting was the response of Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ...“They’re presuming the church has some kind of authority over the medical care of nuns, which it doesn’t,” Walsh told ABC News. “A nun goes to a doctor for her medical care, and if that medical care requires a certain kind of medicine then that medicine is prescribed.”

The church doesn't want victims of human trafficking to be given even referrals for full reproductive care, doesn't want government health care to pay for women's birth control pills, doesn't want AIDS patients to use condoms to protect against spreading disease, doesn't want to fill student pill prescriptions at Catholic colleges. But if a nun wants contraceptives, the church has no authority over her medical care - that's between her and her doctor?


Blogger Mike L said...

There are a lot of medications that have multiple uses, some of which are moral and others are not. It would appear that hormone pills fall into that category, and are prescribed for irregular periods and other problems.

The Church has never had a problem with this as long as their use is not primarily as a contraceptive.

I find it interesting that when I was growing up all forms of contraception were forbidden. This included the use of what has become NFP. That was permitted under special conditions such as medical problems or severe financial problems and then only for a limited time. So the Church does seem to have changed and is at least accepting NFP as a form of contraception.

Not judging, just saying :).


Mike L

8:23 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Mike,

"The Church has never had a problem with this as long as their use is not primarily as a contraceptive."

If that were true, the church wouldn't be against the use of condoms for preventing the spread of AIDS.

8:34 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

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9:17 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

The questions you raise here are pregnant with meaning.

11:59 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Heh :)

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Victor said...

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Hey Victor! What does that have to do with good woman's health and condoms for the dying?

Here's a joke to help you smile a little and your Jesus might even accept "IT" nowadays.

>>>They brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and asked him what to do.
He answered, “What does the law say?”
“She should be stoned,” they answered.
The Lord paused and then said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
The crowd was looking at each other when a rock, zing!, zipped by and clipped the woman.
Jesus immediately turned to its origin and yelled,


Lighten UP sinner vic! :)


11:29 AM  
Blogger crystal said...


That's the first immaculate conception jole I've ever heard :)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Funny, I was just watching the stoning scene from "The Life of Brian" the other day. And now comes this joke, even funnier than Monty Python stuff.

1:39 AM  
Blogger crystal said...


1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you re-thinking the conversion yet? How do the official cover-ups of child-rape sit with you?

8:38 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

The conversion? The conversion was to being a Christian, really, since I was an athesit before, and nope, I'm not re-thinking being a Christian. But I do often wonder about remaining a Catholic. I think the abuse and the cover-ups are reprehensible.

8:52 PM  

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