Emily Herx was an English teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana who was fired because she and her husband used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant, which a local church official declared was a “grave, immoral sin”, presumably taking his cue from pope Ratzo who views IVF and other forms of ‘artificial’ procreation as immoral.
A Catholic priest Richard Sparks says that the church is behaving increasingly like a sect, by adopting an increasingly hard line on what it is willing to tolerate and becoming intrusive and intolerant.
I love the Church. I’m a happy priest. But I really think there’s a sect-like thing afoot, and I think Mrs. Herx got caught in it. It’s this idea of condemning, crushing, inhibiting, trying to put the lid back on. Some would say that Jesus engaged people rather than suppressing people. This is just another example of the Church battening down the hatches. Where it once wanted to engage people, it now wants to engage less. It feels that it may have given away too much. That’s what’s going on.
He is another example of a brainwashed Catholic who cannot leave an institution that he himself thinks is almost cult-like.
He tries to explain the logic behind the church’s actions, saying that “when it comes to sexual things, the Catholic Church has always held that the sperm belongs with the ovum, the male genital part belongs in the vagina.”
When you step back and think about it rationally, it is truly amazing that a group of old allegedly (but doubtful) celibate men actually spend so much time thinking about the proper use of sexual organs. Perhaps it is not so strange. When you repress your sexual urges, there is a good chance they will manifest themselves in weird and obsessive ways.