Sunday, June 04, 2006

Natural law vs. laws of nature

The Catholic Church's ban on contraception is based on the so-called "natural law"; it is "natural" for the sex act to lead to offspring, and therefore wrong to obstruct a possible pregnancy -- a policy that in AIDs-ridden Africa has devastating consequences. But disease and agression are also natural. Why, then, is it sinful for humans to contracept, but not to find cures for disease or seek to banish wars?

See this week's Musing.