This, I swear, is the entire contents of the Catholic Medical Association‘s bioethics FAQ page:
- Should a Physician Prescribe Viagra to Unmarried Men?
Catholic physicians are increasingly encountering requests by patients, including their unmarried male patients, for Viagra and are unsure of how to respond. This FAQ discusses how to approach this issue on sound clinical, ethical and practical grounds.
As Stephen Fry said, in his unmissable debate alongside Christopher Hitchens:
It’s the strange thing about this church: it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now they will say: “we with our permissive society and our rude jokes are obsessed”. No. We have a healthy attitude, we like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly. Because it’s a primary impulse, it can be dangerous and dark and difficult.
It’s a bit like food in that respect, only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese. And that, in erotic terms, is the Catholic church in a nutshell.
Of all the hard and important bioethical questions that face our troubled species, the question of whether unmarried men are allowed erections is a pretty easy one. The answer is yes. Unless they’re priests.