In a country were people increasingly choose not to marry or marry at 30, how practical is a "virginity pledge?" In the 1920's 50 percent of those who married were not virgins. Now? I mean come on-- a virginity pledge is some bullshit you do to make stupid adults happy. Smart adults don't want to have an early grandkid or an HIV infection. But stupid adults suck this up like they do all the scary drug ads. Anyone ever get high with a stranger? No? Anyone get laid when they were not horny? No? Ok then.
Intrigued that Benedict is retiring. Maybe the Mormons'll notice.
Modern medical advances increasingly make lifetime appointments fade into leaders struggling to serve after they're able, but at least the Supreme Court and Pope can be selected from younger candidates. The Mormon automatic selection of whoever has the most seniority of the Council of Twelve statistically games the system toward geriatric woes.
There was speculation that they've tried to avert disaster by promoting a few youthful (50ish) leaders; problem is that eventually everyone gets old. Stacking the deck toward 'young seniority' merely delays the inevitable. Nudging Apostles to retire is an easy fix.