I write for Catholics. Artificial birth control has ALWAYS been forbidden by the Church and thus by God. It is God's way, not my “thoughts”.
“The tree does not understand the pruning, nor the ground the tilling, but the husbandman does”. The tree sees itself being hacked, and the ground sees itself being chopped up, they can't understand the reason.
The first thing a Catholic would do is accept the teaching as the truth, as it comes from God. then, they must work from there. In the case you described, there are various options that I can quickly see:
- the person might decide to never marry
- if the person married, the person might live a celibate marriage.
- and finally, the person could marry, and live a semi-celibate” life by using NFP.
The person talking to you has a wife that has been told by her doctor that she can die if she has another child to full term. I am not a “theorists”, giving advice that I would not enforce on myself.
Read the book I recommended above about the midwife, it has many real life stories like your sister and my wife live.
We will pray for your sister.
well said, v
The midwife’s story does not change the facts of my sister’s diagnosis or the real threat that she has lived under for her entire life. The brush you paint with is very broad and I don’t believe you understand the medical implications that I brought up.
Have a good day.
So, preventing conception by NFP is alright but using a barrier method is wrong? Why?
If the sin is preventing conception, then preventing it is preventing it whether you use NFP or something else. How is NFP any different than what Onan did?
And I’m not talking about something like the pill or IUD which induce abortion.