I am trying to understand the rational behind the catholic church's stance against both abortion and contraception. I understand the abortion issue from their point of view but what is their problem with preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg? This planet already has in excess of 8 billion people and our natural resources are dwindling away. Population control would seem to be an important concern for our civilization. Abstinence is no longer a valid option in today's modern sexual culture. The policy of non-participation is not realistic in today's society. 

Is the Roman Catholic church's problem with contraception grounded in their holy book? If so, what part of that text is used as a reference?

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Comment by Robert Karp on February 28, 2012 at 8:24am

Boggles my mind too Ed. I know that some of it is that each egg and sperm has the potential to create life, potential being the key word. But more than that it seems some of this has to do with the survival of the religion. Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't large families encouraged in Islam, Orthodox Judaism, and Catholicism and for sure Evangelical (thinking of the Duggers). Remember they don't worry about the planet or overpopulation like the rest of us rational people, they are interested in the end of days and that will get here when enough people have believe. I don't know, but every time I see a white van packed with Jewish children, I shake my head. Would like to see what our former christian say about it as well.

Comment by Mike on February 28, 2012 at 9:18am

I just so happen to be a former Catholic, so maybe I can help you out.

The church has no problem with heterosexual sex after marriage. In fact, I've read a lot of things about how it encourages it. Encourages it only if you do not use any form of contraception, such as condoms or birth control, and are completely open to accept the responsibility of new life should God grace you with it. In one of their magazines or something that my mom has, I read an article where a priest explained that for men with erectile dysfunction it was alright to use drugs like Viagra only if they were married and were fornicating for new life.

So from my experience in the church it's more about stopping "what God intends for us." I believe the Pope just recently allowed the use of condoms for people who have an STI (mainly AIDS) so they can prevent giving it to their partner, but that judgement came after much controversy. I think they reference the passage of Onan in the bible to justify it, although that whole business is pretty sketchy.

While the church has certainly never admitted to it, I think Robert has a valid point about the church ensuring their congregation grows.

Comment by Shelley Kersey on February 28, 2012 at 9:22am
It comes from the potential for life part but also that your not allowed to mess with the unity of husband & wife. You are allowed to use NFP (natural family planning) because you are using the rythym of a woman's body that god created. Believe it or not it actually works but can be a lot of work if the woman isn't regular. As long as you are open to children you can use NFP for spacing. You are not required to have a ton of kids but people who truly embrace this lifestyle don't mind having multiple kids. You do have to have a reason for limiting kids like financial or emotional concerns of being able to care for another child. As far as contraception, you can't use anything that interferes with the unity of husband & wife. Putting something between you is not giving of your whole self to your spouse. This is all laid out in the Catechism which is just as important as the bible to catholics. Since the Church is so important they believe in the documents of the church just as much as the bible. Hope this helps.
Comment by Heath Bond on February 28, 2012 at 2:23pm

Here is a link that should baffle you even more, but maybe shed some light into their minds. http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/sexuality/se0002.html

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 28, 2012 at 5:19pm

This should explain it all. Enjoy.

Comment by Becca on February 28, 2012 at 10:13pm

As my grandmother says: Sex is for procreation to have sex for pleasure is shameful and sinful.

Comment by Heath Bond on February 28, 2012 at 11:03pm

Well I am one shameful sinning SOB, send me to hell!

Comment by Ed on February 28, 2012 at 11:23pm


I can see no difference in the use of a condom/birth control pill and the so called "rhythm method." The result is precisely the same- unwanted pregnancy. It's illogical to me that only one method of birth control is OK but the others are taboo.

The idea that you should only limit your family size due to money shortages or lack of emotional commitment is crazy IMO. I believe as Mr Karp alluded to the church wants BIG Catholic families to ensure survival of the religious species. There is safety in numbers it seems.

Comment by Ed on February 28, 2012 at 11:33pm


That link to the ravings of Professor Janet Smith is a real eye opener. Her viewpoints are for the most part antiquated and unrealistic. Casual sex is here to stay.

Janet Smith, speaking for the Catholic Church: "Natural sex is sex between a man and a woman who love each other, who have made a lifetime commitment to each other and are open to having children with each other."

Natural sex is actually when two people have good vibes about one another and want to get skin to skin. Sex can just as easily be enjoyed by two strangers as two people married and committed to one another. What's love got to do with it?

Comment by Ed on February 28, 2012 at 11:42pm


The guys in Rome who wear the pointy caps have a real problem with the progressive bent of today's American Catholic. They definitely don't see eye to eye on a lot of Vatican dogma. I don't think they will be able to reel um in and make um toe the line any time soon. The evolution of the church is running into some real obstacles. Hopefully the Pope and company will continue to eschew it's bullshit dogma and their population of followers will continue to dwindle.


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