Yesterday, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family issued a 57 page document reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to contraception, abortion, in-vitro fertilization and same-sex marriage.
In case you're wondering why it was necessary for a lodge of men (presumably) not having sex to decree appropriate sexual practices for men and women who are having sex, the professed answer is here:
Never before in history has human procreation, and therefore the family, which is its natural place, been so threatened as in today's culture,''
To which I answer: WTF?
Human procreation and the family unit are, in fact, threatened – not by same-sex marriage, in-vitro fertilization, contraception or even abortion – but by poverty, war, AIDS, violence against women and children, and fundamentalist ideologies like those expressed by the Vatican in this document.
It is hideous perversity that blinds an institution to real threats while obsessing instead on perceived ones. The Darwinian "me" wants to believe this is a sign of the Vatican's nearing extinct status, while the gardener "me" sees wasted potential in the Catholic Church's weedy bed to influence and rally the masses for Good.
Until every priest, from every pulpit begins to rally their flocks against war, against poverty, against violence, against intolerance for all those people of different colors and sexual persuasions living peacefully among us – don't even speak to me about a higher power or a supreme intelligence.
We don't need a bunch of men in satin robes and slippers telling us how to save our families. We have the power and the intelligence ourselves to determine the real threats we face.