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    Armando, commonmass

    When looking at a law or organizational principle, it is always wise to inquire 'why' do we have or want to have this principle.

    What the main article overlooks is that the Church views sex as intended by natural law to be for the purpose of procreation. Procreation is 'why' sex exists. (The Church acknowledges it's perfectly fine for the married couple also to enjoy it as part of bonding.) Thus externally-sourced contraception is viewed as some sort of conspiracy to thwart natural law, or a sort of murder of the being that would otherwise have been conceived.

    So much for that.

    What should be the role of a President's faith in the conduct of his office? First, as Kennedy stated, one must not delegate the powers of the office to the official spokespeople of the faith. However, and second, ones faith properly should inform one as to what is good, what is bad, and in any given situation which among various approaches is morally preferable, all within the external limits imposed by law.

    Whether one is religious or not, I suspect that with any office holder something by way of moral judgment is at work.

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