The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to change the image of “what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching in regard to the ban on birth control.”

“These women are hardly renegades,” wrote Boorstein. The women are arguing “that church theology has been poorly explained and encouraged, they want to shift the image of a traditional Catholic woman from one at home with eight kids to one with a great, communicative sex life, a chemical-free body and babies only when the parents believe the time is right.”

I tend to agree: Church leaders have been known once in a while, to lack in the skill-set of teaching properly theological issues and giving appropriate encouragement. To be honest, I would have a difficult time heeding marital advice from a man who took a vow of celibacy. Besides, there is no record that Christ Jesus attempted to regulate sex between married couples.  Furthermore, the Bible has quoted Jesus as saying, “Beware of the teachers of the law”? (Luke 20:46, NIV)

Whether it was the nation’s recent administrative mandate that faith-based charities, schools, and hospitals provide birth control and reproductive services in health insurance plans, effective January 2013, or these young Catholic women, the touchy topic of contraceptives and doing right by God has been urged out into the open.

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