Pope Francis.[Advisory: Rules 7-9]
A pressurized cabin.
Half-baked spitballing and word association games.
Followed by a flop-sweat-soaked Fr. Lombardi and legions of unpaid papal apologists energetically trying to deny the obvious import.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
It would be nice if we didn't have to do this every other Alitalia flight, but there you go.
Oh, but this one is genuinely different--it manages to be the worst yet.[There follows an excerpt from the interview with Pope Francis, which concludes]:... On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear. I would also urge doctors to do their utmost to find vaccines against these two mosquitoes that carry this disease. This needs to be worked on.Sure reads like an endorsement of contraception in the face of the Zika virus. Interestingly enough, it was the Pope who used the term "contraceptives," not the nefarious reporter.
NO NO NO--HE'S NOT ENDORSING THE USE OF CONTRACEPTIVES HERE, HATEY HATER MCSEDEVACANTIST PANTS--HOW COULD YOU SAY ANY SUCH THING?
I mean, there's just no way that can be read as an endorsement of contraceptive use here, you faithless moron!
Fair enough--Father Lombardi to the rescue! He'll fix it--he always does:... Pope Francis said that "contraceptives or condoms, in cases of particular emergency and gravity, can be the object of a serious discernment of conscience," Father Lombardi said, "while on abortion, he did not allow any room for consideration."HA--SEE? HE'S ONLY SAYING CONTRACEPTION IS ACCEPTABLE IN SITUATIONS OF SERIOUS DANG....
So much for yesterday's vigorous papalist spinning.
So, yeah--the Pope just endorsed contraceptive use for the normal conjugal act.
But it's far, far worse than that. To say that the hypothetical threat of birth defects is sufficient reason for contraception is to authorize it to serve eugenic ends. The threat here is not to the life or health of the mother--the threat is that she may bear a "defective" child.
And put the emphasis on the "may"--the link has not been established.
... Take no chances, though. Lebensunwertes Leben. [Link added]
And how does the Pope's argument not apply to the threat posed by all birth defects, from fetal alcohol syndrome on down? Aren't these all "situations of special danger"? Any parent could discern such--Can't risk it.
But keep spinning. People love the guy, and that's what really matters.
[Hat tip to JM]