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GUEST,Dazbo at Work BS: Artificial Insemination and Nuns (22) BS: Artificial Insemination and Nuns 21 May 08

Just finished reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown which I quite enjoyed: but a question.

The real baddie turns out to be the son of the recently deceased pope. Indeed part of what turned the villain villainous is that he found out the pope had fathered a child. It turns out the mother was a nun and neither the pope nor the nun wanted to break their vows of celibacy although very much in love. The nun came up with the solution of being artificially inseminated by the pope. Now it seems to me that this side-stepping the vow, although not involving penetration, certainly breaks the spirit of the vow. The nun then seems to have left the nunnery to raise the child.

Any idea how the Catholic Church would view this in reality? How about God? What would his view be on the matter (after all, it's a promise made to him)?

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