Citing growing scientific evidence, the Vatican newspaper said the birth-control pill is causing "devastating" environmental damage and contributes to the rising phenomenon of male infertility rates.

"We have sufficient evidence to argue that one of the considerable factors contributing to male infertility in the West -- with its ever decreasing numbers of spermatozoa in men -- is environmental pollution caused by the byproducts of the pill" released in human waste, said the early January article by Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

The pill has created "devastating ecological effects from tons of hormones being released into the environment for years," he said, according to Catholic News Service. The article was based on a new 100-page Federation document.

There have been growing reports worldwide of sexual abnormalities in fish and other water-dwelling creatures that have been exposed to sewage.