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  •  When we were little, I asked my dad why the (6+ / 0-)

    catholic families had so many kids in them and, so he didn't have to explain the rhythm method to a pre-pubescent daughter, he told me that the pope wanted catholics to make as many more catholics as they could, so the churches would stay full.

    Seemed to make a lot of sense at the time.  

    When I learned about the rhythm method,  I successfully used it (in in combo with other methods) during the glorious moment in time between the invention of the pill and the discovery of aids.

    As a teacher, I slipped it into biology lessons whenever possible.  I thought teens could use a back-up plan, and knowing that you have a high or low chance of parenting is powerful knowledge, makes pregnancy something that you can control, not just some kind of magic.

    The official catholic approach to family planning takes a lot of work to pull off, and just isn't that accurate.

    That said, true practicing catholics still seem to have a lot of kids, and I don't think the church wants that to stop.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:26:11 AM PDT

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