July 24, 2013 1 Comment
Sadly, I have to take back some of the good things I had said last week about the RCC.
They have now stated that they had been unable to determine the intended purpose of the personal lubricant, and once they realized that it was for (gasp) sex, they weren’t willing to certify it any more.
This is a complete dereliction of their duty, and something which makes a mockery of kashrut supervision as a concept, implying that Judaism is prude or sex-negative (God forbid!)
To the RCC: if you don’t know what a non-food product is used for, don’t even begin the certification process. Further, once you start, you’d better have a good reason to stop, and there is not the slightest halakhic (Jewish legal) justification to not certify this non-food product (assuming it meets the rules of other non-food products). Sex (between husband and wife) is encouraged, and lubricants are permitted. What precisely is the “intended use” surprise issue here?
I challenge the RCC to produce this justification.