Raw, Idiom: b. Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw

In a particularly busy week for the Vatican, Catholicism continues its steady march toward obsolescence...

First, by shooting down any hopes for lifting the celibacy requirements for the priesthood and thus ensuring that their numbers will continue to dwindle:

Second, by asserting, once again, that parishioners' sexuality is the one arena where it's just fine to discriminate, by completely disregarding the notion of whole personhood that the Church supposedly embraces.

Oh yeah, and also by reminding Catholics that artificial contraception is NOT ok. Hello, 1962!! And they wonder why they can't fill the pews. Unbelievable.

If you need something to wash that bad taste of religious disenchantment out of your mouth, I highly recommend checking out Christine Gudorf's "Body, Sex, and Pleasure." It's an easy-reading look at reconstructing Christian sexual ethics that doesn't come straight out of the 14th century. Then, go pop your birth control pill and march into your nearest Mass for communion. Rawr!

Happy Friday.

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