- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

VATICAN CITY (UPI) — Two well-connected Roman Catholic writers have written a spicy sex volume.

Roberto Beretta and Elisabetta Broli, regular writers for the Italian bishops’ magazine Avvenire, have authored “It’s a Sin Not to Do It,” the London Telegraph reported Monday.

The book, which appears to be sanctioned by the Vatican, seeks to encourage churchgoers to make love more often in an effort to offset “impotence and frigidity” and address papal concerns over declining birthrates among Italian Roman Catholics.

“When people think of the church and sex, they think of prohibitions and taboos,” Mr. Beretta said. “But there is a very different and positive side to church doctrine.”

The book offers justifications for certain nontraditional means of ensuring conjugal pleasure.

Bullet points on the book’s jacket set the volume’s tone: “Sex? God invented it. Original sin? Sex has nothing to do with it. Without sex there is no real marriage.”

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