Who Thinks Selling Condoms is a Sin?

I didn’t think much of it when Daily Kos asked, Is Walgreens committing a sin by selling condoms?

Thomas McKenna: “So a Catholic employer, really getting down to it, he does not, or she does not provide this because that way they would be, in a sense, cooperating with the sin…the sin of contraception or the sin of providing a contraceptive that would abort a child, is this correct?”

Cardinal Burke: “This is correct. It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.”

Nice bit of agitprop, I thought, the Catholic Church may treat selling condoms as morally equivalent to employer-financed abortions, but this won’t take off.

But wait. Smart Jim DeFede asked GOP starlet Marco Rubio the question on TV:

“Is contraception wrong?” CBS4′s Jim DeFede asked Senator Marco Rubio in a recent exclusive one-on-one interview.

“In terms of?” he responds.

“Birth control,” I said.

“Of course not,” he replied. “Who says it is? You’re going to get into this whole argument about contraception. No one has ever said that contraception should be illegal, that contraception should be discouraged, that people should be looked down upon for using it.

Could this be a wedge issue?

DeFede spotted via SFDB, which appears to be studiously ignoring We Robot.

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3 Responses to Who Thinks Selling Condoms is a Sin?

  1. Rick says:

    Not really ignoring it, just haven’t seen anything that fully describes what’s going on.

    And, yeah, the server is down.


  2. SueAnn says:

    Back, WAAAYYYY back, a few centuries ago, when it was discovered that sexually transmitted diseases could be halted by using a condom, the Catholic Church told practicing Catholics that it was a sin to use them for that purpose because the side effect was that the use of condoms prevented natural conception. So nothing has changed really. The church just stopped making a fuss about it until the subject was brought up again.

  3. Joe says:

    i guess it’s time to ecommunicate rubio.

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