That wasn't a serious question. But I guess it's true that I don't see how making a man get erections after God has decided he shouldn't anymore is any less controlling reproduction than contraception is. It's just going in the other direction in that case.
But, anyway...I should be careful with my rhetorical questions, as I know already that the RCC has an answer for everything.
I would like to know a citation and or a credible source for this story - frankly, it sounds more like urban legend. What Diocese was this church and priest located within? It's one thing to disagree with our Roman brothers and sisters, but it is a far worse thing to spread false or incomplete stories. For all you know there may have been an impediment barring the wedding - even one which might have blocked the same in a canonical Orthodox parish.
I'm as credible a source as it's getting for that story. His granddaughter told us. I don't know what diocese because I didn't ask, but no one seemed surprised when it was discussed and a few gave the same exact response that orthonorm gave- he could be married if he could be helped by Viagra. The reasoning being that consummating the marriage is a requirement for a marriage to be valid. What I was left wondering was- what about saints who were married but lived "as brother and sister"?
Here's a citation from the code of canon law:
Canon 1084.1 Antecedent and perpetual impotence to have sexual intercourse, whether on the part of the man or on that of the woman, whether absolute or relative, by its very nature invalidates marriage.
I wonder if the pastor made an inquiry about this condition, or if the would be couple volunteered the same? I suspect that being of an older generation of catechized Catholics they volunteered this most personal information.
The fixation on matters pertaining to sex in the Roman Church, which has always perplexed me, is perhaps exacerbated by the tradition of forced clerical celibacy.
I don't think this is quite fair. Human sexuality is a powerful gift given by God wherein we actually, like Him and with His cooperation, create new life. I have been equally disappointed with the rather, what I consider worldy, view of sex expressed here(sex for pleasure without being open to any unintended consequences.)
We see so much suffering in the world which can be directly related to Mankind's abuse of this awesome gift: broken families, abortion, pornography etc. The Church most certainly should and does have a lot to say in how it is used. It seems to me that God is not welcome in a lot of bedrooms
As for NFP, a couple refrains from the sex act rather then directly frustrating the end. I just don't see how ABC can be confused with NFP.
I found this link interesting in addressing my question regarding modern with traditional Orthodox teaching on ABC. It seems that for all the holding steadfast to everything else, the OC has waffled, and quite frankly, caved on this issue: http://www.hli.org/index.php/contraception/138?task=view
This thread has actually helped me quite a bit and I thank you all.