MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Monday said that the successor to Pope Benedict XVI should be someone who can bring the Vatican hierarchy's positions on sex and contraception closer in line to rank-and-file Catholics.
"You know, if you go to Catholic church every Sunday, you never hear ever, ever, ever a sermon on birth control because the Church knows that people who are most faithful to the Church — not all of them, of course — use birth control," Matthews, a Catholic, told MSNBC's Alex Wagner.
The outspoken commentator said the Catholic Church must modernize its interpretation of the role sex plays in marital relationships.
"Marriage isn't about having sex a few times and having a few kids and that's the end of it. It's about a loving, physical relationship for years till death, and sex is a big part of that," Matthews said. "And the Church has not really thought through that relationship. It's only thought about pro-creation."