The pope and Catholic cardinals and bishops all practice birth control. They call it "celibacy."
If anyone else practices the same birth control method, that would represent, borrowing from a Feb. 15 letter writer, an appalling abstinence denying "countless human beings the right to be conceived."
Leave it to a man to describe abstinence from "life-affirming sex" as a tragedy of "untold billions of children" denied their right to conception. (Come to think of it, that suggests a great name for a singles pickup bar, LAST: "Life-Affirming Sex Tavern.")
The "rights" of the pre-conceived? Hmm. That might be, we guess, the rights of the twinkle in potential daddy's eye 10 minutes after he takes his Viagra, which is covered by insurance.
Another letter writer that same day hopes for a time when the pope is a woman, 50 percent of bishops and cardinals are women, etc. She needs to come up with a concise slogan -- a bumper sticker to go next to this one: "We'll believe a corporation is an individual when Texas executes one."
Hilton Head Island