Thursday, July 9, 2009

Masturbation may increase fertility; Vatican in a two-handed dilemma

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has expressly beaten down on masturbation, calling it "intrinsically and gravely disordered."

"sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes."

In other words, if you aren't making babies, don't touch the junk.

However, Australian infertility expert Dr. David Greening suggested last week that men can significantly improve their sperm quality through a simple program that can be written on a single prescription pad: "Ejaculate daily."

Presumably, daily ejaculation prevents sperm from harmful exposure to toxic molecules within the man's body.  This is typically no problem for healthy couples who are trying to conceive and are committed to having sex daily.  But what happens when the woman is tired, or absent, or ill?  What happens then?

Well, those sperm have to get out of there somehow.

The Vatican now finds themselves in a tight bind.  On the one hand, they don't want people to masturbate.  On the other hand, they want couples to have pro-creative sex.  Is there a way to hold your pearls and wear them too?  Catholic priests are encouraged to firmly take hold of the brass candlestick and hammer out a hard and firm policy that everyone can swallow.

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