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Children of the Reformation: A Short & Surprising History of Protestantism & Contraception
Free Dominion / Pincipled Conservative ^ | May 2007 | Allan Carlson

Posted on 11/13/2011 12:39:39 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o

It is a reckless analyst who risks reopening sixteenth-century disputes between Roman Catholics and the Protestant Reformers. I do so in the interest of a greater good, but my purpose is not to say who was right or who was wrong. I would simply like to explore why the Protestant churches maintained unity with the Catholic Church on the contraception question for four centuries, only to abandon this unity during the first half of the twentieth century.

I write as a historian, not an advocate. (I am a “cradle Lutheran.”)

Orders & Disorders

To understand the change in Protestant thought and practice, we need to understand the Protestant vision of family and fertility, particularly as expressed by Luther and Calvin, and how it has changed over the last hundred years.

[snip] The key figure in developing a Protestant family ethic was Martin Luther. Himself an Augustinian monk and priest, Luther also served as Professor of Theology at the University of Wittenberg. The first element in Luther’s Protestant family ethic was a broad celebration not simply of marriage but of procreation.

For Luther, God’s words in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth,” were more than a blessing, even more than a command. They were, he declared in his 1521 treatise on The Estate of Marriage, “a divine ordinance which it is not our prerogative to hinder or ignore.”

Addressing the celibate Teutonic Knights, he also emphasized Genesis 2:18: “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper who shall be with him.” The “true Christian,” he declared, “must grant that this saying of God is true, and believe that God was not drunk when he spoke these words and instituted marriage.”

[snip]

John Calvin put even greater emphasis on Genesis 1:28. He argued that these words represented the only command of God made before the Fall that was still active after God drove Adam and Eve out of Eden. This gave them a unique power and importance.

The social order described in Luther’s Exhortation to the Knights of the Teutonic Order was as follows: “We were all created to do as our parents have done, to beget and rear children. This is a duty which God has laid upon us, commanded, and implanted in us, as is proved by our bodily members, our daily emotions, and the example of all mankind.”

Marriage with the expectation of children, in this view, represented the natural, normal, and necessary form of worldly existence.

Essential Procreation

Marriage with the expectation of children was also a spiritual expression. Luther saw procreation as the very essence of the human life in Eden before the Fall. Elsewhere, Luther called procreation “a most outstanding gift” and “the greatest work of God.”

Accordingly, Luther sharply condemned the contraceptive mentality that was alive and well in his own time. He noted that this “inhuman attitude, which is worse than barbarous,” was found chiefly among the wellborn, “the nobility and princes.” Elsewhere, he linked both contraception and abortion to selfishness.

Regarding the sin of Onan, as recorded in Genesis and involving the form of contraception now known as “withdrawal,” Luther wrote: “Onan must have been a most malicious and incorrigible scoundrel. This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a Sodomitic sin. . . . Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed.” Onan was “that worthless fellow” who “refused to exercise love.”

On this matter, Luther was again joined by Calvin. In his Commentary on Genesis, he wrote that “the voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall on the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the [human] race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring.”

A few decades later, the Synod of Dordt would declare that Onan’s act “was even as much as if he had, in a manner, pulled forth the fruit out of the mother’s womb and destroyed it.”

[snip]

According to Harvard University historian Steven Ozment, in his book When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe: “Never has the art of parenting been more highly praised and parental authority more wholeheartedly supported than in Reformation Europe.” Child rearing, in this view, was not just “woman’s work.” In the Protestant home, father and mother would share the duties of child rearing to an unusual degree. Inspired by Luther’s message and example, publishers turned out dozens of so-called Housefather books, sixteenth-century “self-help” volumes for dads.

Luther’s Burden

How might we judge the success of the Protestant family ethic? For nearly four centuries it worked reasonably well, as judged by its understanding of the divine ordinance to be fruitful and replenish the earth.

Accordingly, the Protestant opposition to contraception remained firm. Writing in the late eighteenth century, for example, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, also condemned the sin of Onan, adding, “The thing which he did displeased the Lord.”

The nineteenth-century Reformed Pastor Johann Peter Lange, in his Christian Dogmatics, described contraception as “a most unnatural wickedness, and a grievous wrong. This sin . . . is [as] destructive as a pestilence that walketh in darkness, destroying directly the body and the soul of the young.”

At their 1908 Lambeth Conference, the world’s Anglican bishops recorded “with alarm the growing practice of artificial restriction of the family.” They “earnestly call[ed] upon all Christian people to discountenance the use of all artificial means of restriction as demoralizing to character and hostile to national welfare.”

As late as 1923, the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod’s official magazine The Witness accused the Birth Control Federation of America of spattering “this country with slime” and labeled birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger a “she devil.” Pastor Walter Maier, founding preacher of the long-running Lutheran Hour radio program, called contraceptives “the most repugnant of modern aberrations, representing a twentieth-century renewal of pagan bankruptcy.”

[snip]

The Protestant cleric faced the lifelong challenge of building a model and fruitful home.

Luther again supplied the prototype, in his marriage to Katharine von Bora. By the standards of the time, they married late, but still brought six children into the world, and their busy home served as the inspiration to generations of Protestant clerics.

This special role of the Pastor’s Family was rarely codified in church doctrine, but the Protestant rejection of both celibacy and contraception created a visible expectation. Barring infertility, a faithful Protestant pastor and his wife would be parents to a brood of children.

It was a difficult expectation to satisfy, and would only become more difficult as economic and cultural changes made providing for large families more burdensome and having many children less and less socially acceptable. Not surprisingly, many seem to have turned to contraception to limit their families, and equally unsurprisingly, this affected their articulation of the church doctrine for which they were responsible.

Declining Numbers

But again, for nearly four centuries, where it held sway, the Protestant family ethic, exemplified in the pastor’s family, worked to reshape the culture in family-affirming, child-rich ways.

[snip]

As late as 1874, the average Anglican clergyman in England still had 5.2 living children. In 1911, however, just three years after the bishops had condemned contraception, the new census of England showed that the average family size of Anglican clergy had fallen to only 2.3 children, a stunning decline of 55 percent. The British Malthusian League—a strong advocate of contraception—had a field day exposing what it called the hypocrisy of the priests.

As the league explained, the Church of England continued to view contraception as a sin, and yet its clerics and bishops were obviously engaging in the practice. Apparently only the poor and the ignorant had to obey the church.

There was not much that Anglican leaders could say in response. This propaganda continued for another two decades, and soon some Anglican theologians were arguing that Britain’s poverty required the birth of fewer children.

Pressures culminated at the 1930 Lambeth Conference, where bishops heard an address by birth-control advocate Helena Wrighton on the advantages of contraception for the poor. On a vote of 193 to 67, the bishops (representing not only England but also America, Canada, and the other former colonies) approved a resolution stating that:

In those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles.

This was the first official statement by a major church body in favor of contraception. Thus was Christian unity on the question broken. [snip]

In only three decades, the Lambeth Conference’s qualified approval would turn into full celebration. At the astonishing and deeply disturbing 1961 North American Conference on Church and Family, sponsored by the National Council of Churches (successor to the Federal Council), population-control advocate Lester Kirkendall argued that America had “entered a sexual economy of abundance” where contraception would allow unrestrained sexual experimentation.

Wardell Pomeroy of the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research explained how the new science of sexology required the abandonment of all old moral categories. Psychologist Evelyn Hooker celebrated the sterile lives of homosexuals. Planned Parenthood’s Mary Calderone made the case for universal contraceptive use, while colleague Alan Guttmacher urged the reform of America’s “mean-spirited” anti-abortion laws.

Not a single voice in the spirit of Luther or Calvin could be heard at this “Christian conference.”

In a way, though, this celebration of such a diversity of sexual practices followed the Protestant acceptance of contraception, which followed from the defection of the Protestant clergy from the Protestant Family Ethic.[snip]

An early sign of this shift occurred in 1975 when a young editor at Christianity Today, Harold O. J. Brown, authored a short anti-abortion editorial. From his home in L’Abri, Switzerland, the neo-Calvinist Francis Schaeffer mobilized Evangelicals against abortion with books such as How Should We Then Live?. This campaign grew through the founding of new Evangelical organizations with pro-life orientations, including Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America.

At first, this pro-life Evangelicalism avoided the issue of contraception. However, over time, it has become ever more difficult for many to draw an absolute line between contraception and abortion, because—whatever theological distinctions they made between the two—the “contraceptive mentality” embraces both, and some forms of “contraception” are in practice abortifacients.

A Major Rethinking

“ It is clear that there is a major rethinking going on among Evangelicals on this issue, especially among young people,” R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently told the Chicago Tribune. “There is a real push back against the contraceptive culture now.”

In his last years, Francis Schaeffer seemed to be moving toward the historic Christian view of contraception. Since 1980, several resolutions adopted by the Southern Baptists at their annual meeting have criticized contraception. By the close of the twentieth century, the Family Research Council featured special reports on “The Empty Promise of Contraception” and “The Bipartisan Blunder of Title X,” the latter referring to the domestic contraception program in the United States.

Conservative Calvinist publishers are producing books not only against contraception but promoting Natural Family Planning. A movement of Missouri Synod Lutherans is working to overturn their church’s current teaching and return it to Luther’s, and observers report a new interest in the traditional teaching among conservative movements in the mainline churches.

There have been other signs of Protestant rethinking on this question, including individual pastors and their wives who have opened their lives to bringing a full quiver of children into the world. For example, Pastor Matt Trewhella of Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee concluded that “we have no God-given right to manipulate God’s design for marriage by using birth control.” He had his vasectomy reversed, and he and his wife Clara have had seven more children.

While surely in the minority, the Trewhellas are not alone. In so acting, they are rediscovering their distinctive theology and their heritage, and they are accepting their special responsibility as a pastor’s family to serve as witnesses to the original Protestant understanding of the divine intent for marriage. Importantly, they are also rebuilding a common Christian front on the issue of contraception, one lost in the dark days of the first half of the twentieth century.

The texts of the Southern Baptist resolutions on abortion can be found at http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/baptist/sbcabres.html.

Allan Carlson is president of the Howard Center in Rockford, Illinois

http://www.profam.org


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: allancarlson; birthcontrol; calvin; carlson; contraception; genesis; lambeth; luther; lutheran; onan; onanism; procreation; prolife; protestanism
The entire article without all the snips [] is well worth reading.

My praise and thanks to the Protestant, Evangelical and Non-Denom leaders who are questioning contraception and other perversions of the God-given design of sexuality.

Class, discuss.

1 posted on 11/13/2011 12:39:44 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o; stonehouse01; Goreknowshowtocheat; Absolutely Nobama; Elendur; it_ürür; Bockscar; ...

“If only ‘they’ would let priests (and football coaches) marry!”


2 posted on 11/13/2011 12:49:25 PM PST by narses (what you bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and what you loose upon earth, shall be ..)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Wow! That was fantastic. So glad you posted that. How I wish I knew then what I know now.


3 posted on 11/13/2011 1:01:25 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Very interesting article. It is well known that the 1930 Lambeth Conference in the Anglican Church was a key turning point, leading step by step to contraception, abortion, and the whole sexual revolution.

It was followed in the U.S. by Griswold v. Connecticut (making it a right of married people to buy contraceptives) and then by Roe v. Wade.


4 posted on 11/13/2011 1:04:46 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

God bless the Duggars and ....


the Bates

who have not only shunned artificial contraception but opened their lives to accept the children God has sent. We have many Catholic families who fit the same profile but these two families have risen above the permissiveness that has permeated the protestant congregations.

5 posted on 11/13/2011 1:07:39 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Up until Antonie van Leeuwenhoek saw them in his early microscopes, folks really had no idea there were sperm, nor eggs. The earlier idea was focused on the mixing of semen, that obviously provided by the male, and less so obviously by the female ~ folks had few ideas of how reproduction actually took place.

The other competing theory was that men deposited tiny human beings in the women who brought them through to birth.

Popular books in the late 19th century continued to push the male only method of reproduction.

So, just like to propose here that the DISCOVERY of the mammalian method of reproduction right down to sperm and eggs was a seminal discovery of profound importance, and that occurred coincidentally with the development of slightly different Catholic and Protestant points of view on these matters.

Remember, we didn't even know what we needed to know about DNA until the 1960s.

6 posted on 11/13/2011 1:08:16 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: bmwcyle

Ping


7 posted on 11/13/2011 1:19:39 PM PST by theKid51
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To: Tenebrous
Here's something that perhaps warrants your consideration.

The Christian Science people are wrong. Medical interventions in "the natural order of things" are praiseworthy when their intent is to restore natural function: to treat disroders, cure diseases, heal injuries, reshape malformed organs and limbs, and so forth. These interventions are inspired by an affirmative idea of what constitutes "natural, normal, and healthy."

Disease, deformity, disorders and dysfunction occur in nature --- but in the above sense, they are not "natural": because they do not represent God's affirmative intent of an optimal flourishing of the human person.

With me so far?

And so for that reason, the use of drugs, surgeries, and so forth to restore or heal natural function is a good thing.

Contgraception, on the other hand, does not have this justification. Whg? Because its intent is not to heal a natural function, but to sabotage it. It does not cure any disease; its purpose is to split sexuality into component parts (affection, commitment, satisfaction, fertility) and then dispose of one of them (fertility). It drives a wedge between the two meanings which are God-intended in the marital act: the sharing of love, and the openness to life.

This is not to say that married couples have the obligation to have as many children as they can. Of course not. There can be serious reasons why a husband and wife may judge that they are not ready for another pregnancy, or that another baby should be delayed. But they should accomplish that goal without perverting sexual intercourse, whether that perversion is done by withdrawal, or anal sex, or contraception, or other practices which (like the sin of Onan) separate sex from its designed fertility.

The point of the article was that all Christians agreed with this Scriptural and moral perspective until 1930, when the Anglicans broke with an almost 2,000 year Chirstian consensus.

< It's just hard to believe that all Christians understood sexuality wrongly for 20 centuries, until the Anglicans got it right.

< And if the Anglicans were right about that, then they are now right about homosexual sex, i.e. it's OK if it seems right for you. Which is the same argment they used in favor of contracepted sex.

It's very hard to condemn a homosexual sex act (which is turned away from its natural function), if you're already committed to a contracepted sex act (which is turned away from its natural function.)

9 posted on 11/13/2011 1:58:35 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: muawiyah
It's true that people had little idea about the microbiology of sperm, eggs, DNA etc. until very recently. However the Christian moral objection to contracepted acts is not that they are the same as homicide (abortion) but that they are the same as Onanism, i.e. altering the sex act to make it infertile. It is a form of sacrilege, i.e. it trivializes our understanding of the profundity of sex.

Contracepted acts radically flatten and shrink our perception of the sanctity of man-woman bodily union.

That has certainly been borne out by experience. a contraceptive culture has no concept of "sacredness" in respect to sex--- none at all. And such a culture is ever MORE abortion-minded. Contraception does not help matters. Contraception and abortion, historically, go up in tandem.

A perspective more fully elucidated here

http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=17-01-020-v>

10 posted on 11/13/2011 2:11:08 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
For folks whose own ancestors had serious problems of what is called "indeterminate infertility" where half your offspring are infertile, much of the moral concerns take a totally different tack.

Did you realize that such populations, with 1/4 the reproduction rate of everyone else, yet the same or even higher death rate, tend not to grow over geologic periods of time?

A tribe could only boost its population through the expedient of passing around the women to see who could get pregnant.

Typically a woman, or a man, facing this dilemma, will have 5 spouses over the course of the normal breeding age.

Charles Darwin was apparently unaware that ran in his family and then he ended up married to a first cousin ~ and half their kids ended up infertile (much to everyone's consternation).

I always take all of the standard arguments (for or against divorce, wife-swapping, contraception, and other sexual matters) and crank them through the logic of this condition.

Onan may well have run afoul of the pro scripts in a population with indeterminate infertility ~ which is why he was killed by a lightning bolt ~ which is a suggestion this is a really, really, really ancient story probably handed down by Ice Age hunter/gatherers who were probably all afflicted with the condition.

(God, of course, is the author of moral prescripts, but with Onan you are looking at a death penalty for behavior he probably didn't invent ~ and it's highly unlikely the Hebrews in Moses' camp were subjected to all that many death penalties for that particular sin ~ hence it's a moral lesson, not a current event).

11 posted on 11/13/2011 2:32:14 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
I do not, of course, base the entire ediface of morality upon a single line of Genesis.

I find related, and stronger arguments in 2,000 years of Christian agreement (a hermeneutic of continuity with a very strong sensus fidelium), all of it conmfirmed ---strongly ---by the authority of the Church, Natural Law, and the last 50 years of human experience.

Here's something for your reflection:

The latest in natural fertility technology --- to achieve or postpone procreation (Link).

12 posted on 11/13/2011 2:45:40 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: muawiyah
Genesis doesn't say that Onan was killed by lightning, only that he was killed. He was refusing to carry out his duty to raise up "seed" for his dead older brother, because the child would be regarded as his brother's offspring. I don't know if there are any verses that condemn contraception when that obligation is not at play--it may have not occurred to Hebrew men of that period not to want as many children as possible since so many died young--you wanted to be sure of at least one male heir.

As late as the 18th and 19th centuries high infant and child mortality was common even among middle-class and wealthy families. Queen Anne had 17 children but none of them lived to adulthood. Catherine of Aragon had many children but only her daughter Mary survived, which is why Henry VIII was so determined to divorce Catherine and try to have a son with another wife.

Only two of Thomas Jefferson's six children lived long enough to marry. Only one of Lincoln's four children lived to adulthood. The decline in average family size in the late 19th and early 20th centuries occurs when the odds of an individual child surviving to adulthood become much better.

13 posted on 11/13/2011 2:58:24 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Mrs. Don-o wrote:
“This is not to say that married couples have the obligation to have as many children as they can. Of course not. There can be serious reasons why a husband and wife may judge that they are not ready for another pregnancy, or that another baby should be delayed. But they should accomplish that goal without perverting sexual intercourse, whether that perversion is done by withdrawal, or anal sex, or contraception, or other practices which (like the sin of Onan) separate sex from its designed fertility.”

Two things about this: First, you are validating H. L. Mencken’s observation that the Roman pope countenances birth control by means of mathematics, but not by means of physics or chemistry. I have, as a Christian, always found his critique valid, even though he made it as an atheist. He has a point. Second, by arguing as you do, you have invalidated the central - and only logically consistent - argument against contraception. Thereafter all is debate about the how and not the what. I find your argument singularly unconvincing. The real problem with having children or failing to do so is unbelief and selfishness on the part of people. Your argument is only about technological advancement or the lack thereof.

I say this as one who is still Lutheran and have five children of my own. My wife’s brother (still a thorough-going Lutheran) has 13 (all of the same woman, his wife). In our circles, they were not frowned upon, but admired.

Sorry, I don’t buy your argument. The causes of today’s horrible sexual mores lie elsewhere.


14 posted on 11/13/2011 2:59:37 PM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Here are other sources for discussion:

Children of the Reformation: A Short & Surprising History of Protestantism & Contraception

Contraception: The Reason Catholics Have Abandoned Confession
U.S. Bishops’ Publication Urges Priests to Preach on Contraception, Sterilization, IVF
Contraception: The Bitter Pill
Catholic Bishops Warn of ‘Civil Disobedience’ Over Contraceptives [Philippines]
Relationships Market After 50 Years of The Pill
Contraception: The Bacteria Devouring America’s Soul
Christians examine morality of birth control [Ecumenical/Orthodox Presbyterian]
The Cost of Contraception: Women's Health - Response to CNN
The Connection between Contraception and Abortion
Baby Bust: The Demographics of Global Depression

The Surest Sign of a Decadent Culture
Protestants and Birth Control
The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control
Contraception: Why Not?
The Bible & Birth Control
Our Gravest Moral Responsibility: Convert the Contraception Mentality
Contraception and Conversion
Evangelical Leaders are Ok with Contraception
The pill and 50 years of misery [the pill kills!]
The dawn of demonic deception [the birth control pill]

Researcher finds strong link between contraception and HIV
The Birth-Control Riddle
Social Science Proves Humanae Vitae
"Contraception Is Wrong. Now Here's How You Use It . . ."
Suit claims birth control warning not enough
Natural and Unnatural (father of 5 shocks mother of 1)
Planned Parenthood Uses Teens to Distribute Injectable Birth Control in Rural Ecuador
Study: Low-Dose Birth Control Pills Decrease Bone Density in Young Women
Spanish drug agency confirms grave effects of morning-after pill
Another Woman Dies of Hormonal Contraceptive in Switzerland

Study Finds Half of Women on "Birth Control Shot" Suffer Bone Problems
The Re-Birth of Population Control: Human Life Seen as a Carbon Problem
Radio Replies First Volume - Birth Control
Abortion, birth control pill linked to breast cancer, surgeon says
God before contraception (Australia)
Fighting the 'contraceptive mentality'
Birth control pill creator regrets population decline
Polluted Water, Polluted Culture (one more consequence from contraception)
Abortifacients -- The Other Forbidden Grief
NFP and Contraception: What’s the Difference?

Wisconsin requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives coverage
Contraception: The history you may have missed and would rather not know
Why does Pope Benedict talk about Humanae vitae in the new encyclical? [Catholic Caucus]
New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP
In Quiverfull Movement, Birth Control Is Shunned
Press in a Dither Again over Pope’s Reaffirmation of Catholic Teaching
How Birth Control Changed America for the Worst
If You Are Contracepting, You Are Part of A Very Big Problem
Vatican and Italian government criticize sale of RU 486 in Italy
New Condom Ads Target Catholics, Latinos

St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part Two [Open]
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part One [Open]
Humanae Vitae and True Sexual Freedom — Part 6 of 6 [Open]
Contraception v. Natural Family Planning — Part 5 of 6 [Open]
Sex Speaks: True and False Prophets — Part 4 of 6 [Open]
Contraception and the Language of the Body — Part 3 of 6 [Open]
Does Contraception Foster Love? — Part 2 of 6 [Open]
Contraception and Cultural Chaos — Part 1 of 6 [Open]
Priests still suffering from effects of Humanae Vitae dissenters, Vatican cardinal says (Must read!)

"Provoking reflection" (Contrasting views on Humanae Vitae)
Humanae Vitae The Year of the Peirasmòs - 1968
Catholics to Pope: Lift the Birth Control Ban
[OPEN] The Vindication of Humanae Vitae
Catholic Clergy Challenge Colleagues to Reacquaint Themselves and Their People with Humanae Vitae
White House proposes wide "conscience clause" on abortion, contraception
THE EX CATHEDRA STATUS OF THE ENCYCLICAL "HUMANAE VITAE" [Catholic Caucus]
“A degrading poison that withers life”
Australia Study: 70 Percent of Women Seeking Abortions Used Contraception
[Fr. Thomas Euteneuer] In Persona Christi: The Priest and Contraception

A Challenging Truth, Part Two: The Day the Birth Control Died
A Challenging Truth, Part One: How Birth Control Works
Ten Challenges for the Pro-Life Movement in 2008
The concept of the "intrinsically evil"
Pope Tells Pharmacists Not to Dispense Drugs With 'Immoral Purposes'
Massive Study Finds the Pill Significantly Increases Cancer Risk if Used more than Eight Years
Birth Control Pill Creates Blood Clot Causing Death of Irish Woman
Seminarians Bring Church’s Teaching on Contraception, Sexuality to YouTube
Abortion and Contraception: Old Lies
History of Catholic teaching on Contraception

Pope: Legislation "Supporting Contraception and Abortion is Threatening the Future of Peoples"
Contraception: Why It's Wrong
On Fox News Fearless HLI Priest Takes on Sean Hannity (may be indebted for saving his soul)
VIDEO - SEAN HANNITY vs REV. THOMAS EUTENEUER (must see!)
The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus
Pope on divine love vs. erotic love
Conjugal Love and Procreation: God's Design
Being fruitful [Evangelicals and contraception]

15 posted on 11/13/2011 3:04:40 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Most of the populations with an indeterminant infertility problem lived in the Far North and were mostly out of contact with the folks in the Temperate and warmer latitudes until about 1,000 years ago. Christianity was spread to them so late in history that we actually had real live pagans from Scandinavia and Russia being shipped here in the early 1600s.

The 2,000 years of Christian agreement really hasn't had all that much time to come up with solutions to the problem. In fact, there's a danger that this difficulty ~ which definitely has all the hallmarks of a genetically directed process ~ will be swept under the rug as just another reproductive problem readily addressed by modern science. Obviously modern science doesn't deal with this either.

16 posted on 11/13/2011 3:04:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Mrs. Don-o
And the other side of contraception -- the truth of Natural Family Planning.

Contraception: The Bitter Pill
Divorce Rate Comparisons Between Couples Using NFP & Artificial Birth Control

'Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer'
Natural and Unnatural (father of 5 shocks mother of 1)
NFP — It Ain’t Your Momma’s Rhythm
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part Two [Open]
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part One [Open]
Contraception v. Natural Family Planning — Part 5 of 6 [Open]
Journey to the Truth (Natural Family Planning) [Open]
Enslaving Women One Pill at a Time (Birth Control Pills and Natural Family Planning)
New Study Shows Natural Family Planning Technique More “Effective” Than Contraception
Fargo) Diocese set to require pre-marriage course in natural family planning

Making Babies: A Very Different Look at Natural Family Planning
Clerical Contraception (Important Read! By Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)
(Fargo) Diocese set to require pre-marriage course in natural family planning
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 25, 2004
IS NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING A 'HERESY'? (Trads, please take note)
Thanks Doc: More (and Younger) Doctors Support Natural Family Planning
Couple say Natural Family Planning strengthens marriage
Reflections: Natural family planning vs sexism
British Medical Journal: Natural Family Planning= Effective Birth Control Supported by Catholic Chrch
Natural Family Planning

17 posted on 11/13/2011 3:05:43 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: muawiyah

Actually, you can document it pretty well.

First the pastors starting using it, and it filtered on down to the congregation, around the turn of the century.

You can find letters from the Church fathers condemning contraception.


18 posted on 11/13/2011 3:41:44 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Quite right.

Of course, the way NFP is used and taught, it is Catholic contraception.


19 posted on 11/13/2011 4:04:54 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
No, accusations of hypocrisy are simply not Christian. So don't try to use it. Only Moslems imagine hypocrisy (something you see in your mind only) is a reason to murder people.

Jesus told us to tend to the problem in our own eye first.

Now, regarding the use of condoms, that appears to have an origin at least 1800 years ago, and maybe more.

The full scientific understanding of procreative processes has barely more than a century's worth of history. Previously it was simply speculation ~ or total mystery. Obviously people were into sex for the marginal entertainment value ~ if they'd known what we know now they'd behaved themselves wouldn't they?!

20 posted on 11/13/2011 4:04:57 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Interesting point of view. Imho you are correct about the linkage.


21 posted on 11/13/2011 11:43:16 PM PST by Cronos
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To: Belteshazzar
Let me say, Belteshazzar, that I am enjoying this dialogue. You are a gentleman and a Christian, and show it by disagreeing in a reasonable manner. That’s a little unusual on the Religion Forum: so you’ve got my respect and my thanks for sure.

" First, you are validating H. L. Mencken’s observation that the Roman pope countenances birth control by means of mathematics, but not by means of physics or chemistry."

LOL! That's like faulting the Olympic medical committee for “countenancing” athletic achievement via diet and exercise, but not via methamphetamines, anabolic steroids, and bionic implants. The Olympic committee properly insists upon and respects athletes demonstrating the power and the limits of what the natural body can do, without being re-engineered by physics and chemistry.

Analogously, a respectful attitude toward the goodness of natural sex --- and that means the sexual goodness of a whole man and a whole woman --- HAS to be at the heart of good sexual love.

So that quote, Belteshazzar, only demonstrates that Mencken doesn't even know what contraception IS. It's the rejection of a woman as she is, and her replacement with a woman--- even the same woman --- stripped of her normal sexual functions.

Sincere marital love includes a healthy and grateful embrace of the loving wife as she is. Thus, if you choose sexual intercourse when you are naturally fertile, you know it's possible to get pregnant, thanks be to God. And if you choose sexual intercourse when you're naturally infertile (about 23 days out of every 29) you know it's NOT possible to get pregnant, AGAIN thanks be to God. Both ways, you are respecting the God-blessed design of your wife, and therefore the actual sexual nature of your spouse: not expecting her to be spayed, sprayed, sterilized, fractionated or fixed.

Whole women, as you know, are persons who are fertile and infertile on a periodic basis: who, according to her own inner design, can be expected to menstruate, ovulate, conceive, gestate, and lactate. It's how we're made. A man who makes love to a woman, loves that she is a woman. Know what I mean?

But contrariwise, contraception means that you regard her whole sexual nature as an aggravating complication. You’d rather be rid of it. A man who wants a contracepted wife might as well say that what he really wants, this time, is a tranny wife: one who seems outwardly, but does not function inwardly as a female, but as a male with an artificial vagina and tits.

I would tell Mr. Mencken that NFP is based, not on the sanctity of math, but on the sanctity of women.

"I have, as a Christian, always found his critique valid, even though he made it as an atheist. He has a point."

No, he doesn't have a point: he has a huge, almost an infinitely huge, blind spot. Not only doesn't he see the sanctity of God, he can't even see the sanctity of the sexes, the sanctity of man and woman ("male and female He created them”) in the image of God.

And --- though I can't document this --- I wouldn't be surprised if Mencken saw no problem with gay sex, either. Since he believes in neutering the sexual functions of women, he's already 90% there.

"Second, by arguing as you do, you have invalidated the central - and only logically consistent - argument against contraception. Thereafter all is debate about the how and not the what."

This shows a common misunderstanding about “how” and “what” (and even “why”), which I think I can help correct.

The "what" of contraception is not all about "not getting pregnant." In my teen years I did not get pregnant. I did not do it by practicing contracepted sex acts: abstinence is not contraception. Since you are a Christian, I think you would agree that for me as a teenager, nonpregnancy via abstinence is morally different from nonpregnancy via diligent use of spermicidal foams, jellies, jam, plugs, sprays and rubbers. A young girl may well choose abstinence rather than assent to contracepted sex, because she respects the sanctity of her own body.

You can see that, can’t you?

Just as a girl can legitimately postpone pregnancy until she is married and ready, a married woman can postpone pregnancy until she and her husband are ready. It can be just as legitimate to postpone pregnancy when you’re married, as when you’re unmarried. There may be grave reasons to do so: health problems, a financial crisis, the need to dedicate time, energy and care to other family members. And in this case, too, if a woman respects her own sanctity, she will avoid pregnancy by making grateful use of the wisdom of her own body: abstaining a little (~six days out of 29) for the sake of the common good of her whole family.

So there is no fault in avoiding pregnancy for the common good.

That’s not what’s wrong with contraception per se, What’s wrong with contraception per se is that it always involves turning the sex act itself against procreation. Which is what it has in common with anal sex, ejaculating into a baggie, or any other perversion. That’s what the word perversion means: PER (away from) VERSION (turning). All the perversions are sexual acts turned away from their own nature.

There may be a second fault, too: contraception may exhibit selfishness because the couple is avoiding children for mere convenience That is, if they are avoiding childbearing for child-rejecting lifestyle preferences and not for serious medical, economic, or familial reasons.

If NFP, even, is used from selfish motivations, it is morally objectionable for that one reason: selfish child-rejection. If contraception is used from selfish motivations, it is morally objectionable for two reasons: child-rejection, and the perversion of natural sex.

I am delighted by your and your brother’s child-rich families. I am glad you told me about that, because it makes me beam at you (can you detect that through the computer monitor?) L’Chaim!

The causes of today’s horrible sexual mores are complex. One of the biggies is the shrinking of our awareness of the sanctity of natural sexual union.

Have a good day, my FRiend!

22 posted on 11/14/2011 7:19:31 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Mrs. Don-o, I appreciate also your civility; and I agree it is a quality often missing on FR religion threads ... sadly.

First, in regard to the Olympic athlete example, I don’t accept your analogy. I don’t think it is reflective of the situation. It is clever, to be sure, but it is not analogous. Besides which, saying that I don’t agree with your view of contraception does not mean that I consider all forms of contraception good and harmless. There are some which clearly involve elevated risk to the health either of the woman or the man, and some which involve surgical alteration of the body, either his or hers, and some which involve destruction of the fertilized ovum. The first category is unwise, the second is something that ought to be undertaken only for the most grave (and I would think quite rare) medical/health reasons, and the third is to be avoided altogether, for it is something about which God’s word is clear and unambiguous, i.e., the fifth commandment.

Second, you make the mistake of taking my approval of Mencken’s single point as approval of Mencken elsewhere. To which - here’s my analogy - I would say that just because I agree with Balaam’s donkey on one point, as Balaam himself finally did also, does not mean I seek his counsel on anything else.

Third, when it comes to sex and its inherent goodness - something on which we agree - that remains true only when it takes place within the context God clearly set for it, that is, marriage. That being said, abstinence outside of marriage is a given; it is a keeping of the sixth commandment. Abstinence within marriage is something entirely different and, further, is not to be the norm but the exception. (1 Corinthians 7) The reasons for the exception do not relate directly to pregnancy and child-bearing, but devotion to God, and is to be mutually, sincerely agreed upon.

Finally, I know that the expression “sanctity of marriage” is a common one, but it is really only a loosely applied one. Marriage is not sacred in the sense that it is something set aside as God’s preserve to be used for our salvation. In this, I am sure, we will disagree, since the Roman Catholic church teaches that marriage is one of seven sacraments, whereas Lutherans reject on Scriptural grounds the inclusion of marriage as a sacrament.

Marriage is instituted and commanded by God for all, except those He Himself explicitly identifies as being outside of the command. (again, 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:11-12) Marriage is, furthermore, an enormous blessing to all of humanity individually and human society collectively. It is an institution whose corruption and neglect will become apparent over time as the blessings which ordinarily would flow from its honoring by all to all diminish and so impoverish society and individuals. This is very much the case in our own nation today as marriage, its institution and its Instituter increasingly are scorned and neglected. But marriage is, finally, an earthly institution, whose blessings are temporal and not eternal. It is not a sacrament.

Again, I do very much appreciate the tone and intent of this discussion, for which you are to be commended. God’s blessings to you and yours.


23 posted on 11/14/2011 10:16:42 AM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: redgolum

Interestingly, when I read the Family Foundations magazine of the Couple to Couple League (which teaches NFP in a Catholic Church-approved approach), the families in the articles and letters often say that they started out taking the NFP class and doing the process in a sort of “Catholic contraception” spirit, but moved beyond that mentality as their trust in God and each other grew. There are families in it who have large numbers of children, including the current president of CCL, who I think has about nine. Also, some people learn NFP in order to use it backwards, to maximize their chances of conceiving a child.


24 posted on 11/14/2011 11:46:32 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: redgolum
"Of course, the way NFP is used and taught, it is Catholic contraception."

I'm no sure what you mean by this.

We may have a terminology problem. Contraception is, to speak exactly, an act which turns intercourse away from its procreative possibilities. Contra (against) ception (conception.)

Abstinence does not involve a sex act of any sort. Therefore abstinence is not cotnraception.

To put it plainly: abstaining from intercourse, whether permanently (e.g. for celibates), OR for a very limited and temporary reason (e.g. for married people who may be ill, in hospital, separated geographically, or abstaining a few days a month to avoid pregnancy) is not contraception.

If it were the same thing, you'd have to say all our teens who are not having sex are "practicing contraception" --- which they are not.

But perhaps you had some other meaning in mind?

25 posted on 11/14/2011 12:43:34 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: muawiyah
"No, accusations of hypocrisy are simply not Christian. So don't try to use it. Only Moslems imagine hypocrisy (something you see in your mind only) is a reason to murder people."

I'm sorry, I'm not following you. Maybe I need more coffee? I didn't say anything about hyporcrisy, nor did I say anthing about murder, nor did I say anything about Muslims or Islam. So I don't understand what this comment is referring to.

Did you possibly post it on the wrong thread?

(Puzzled, thud-headed look on face.)


26 posted on 11/14/2011 12:50:04 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Point of perplexity.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I meant that the mentality of using NFP for avoiding pregnancy.


27 posted on 11/14/2011 1:19:09 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
When you said:

"It's very hard to condemn a homosexual sex act (which is turned away from its natural function), if you're already committed to a contracepted sex act (which is turned away from its natural function.) "

The clear implication is that "hypocrisy" would make it hard.

What you are doing is failing to notice that although "turning away from natural function" is a broad category, that does make subcategories, e.g. contracepted sex the same as homosexual sex, nor would anyone imagine them to be the same thing.

It's like this ~ there are a dozen men over there ~ 6 are tall and 6 are short, which means tall means short.

You'll notice I'm not on either side in the contraception issue in your broader question of how it is Catholics and Protestants end up with different positions.

On the other hand, I don't think the reason for this starts with the Reformation/Counter Reformation period ~ instead, it starts with the discovery of the mammalian sperm and egg system and that is so recent we continue to have dramatic problems with the implications. In fact, we don't even know all the implications. Homosexuals, in fact, want us to believe those elements have nothing whatsoever to do with sex.

Another problem of similar nature has to do with the way we identify our relatives and friends. It seems to be built into us. Yet, expressed a different way it's how we exclude "others".

Obviously taking control of our sexuality so that it does not lead us to harm ourselves or others is the morally correct path, and the same for how we identify friends, family and others ~ we should do that in ways that benefit us all.

Those paths are hard for all, and incredibly difficult for some.

I've decided to pursue my research into St Martin of Tours as well as St Gildas ~ they are very early Saints ~ both reduced the complexity of their lives to one sheet of cloth, some sandals, prayer and a "chapel" ~ while doing good for others. The early Fathers of the Church viewed such lives favorably.

28 posted on 11/14/2011 2:34:28 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: redgolum

Oh, OK. You mean for not grave reasons, e.g. financial crisis, mother’s health, stuff like that.


29 posted on 11/14/2011 2:41:40 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Pray (Pray!) Oh yes we Pray (Pray!)-- You've Got to Pray Just to Make it Today. --MC Hammer)
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To: muawiyah
No, I charge nobody with hypocrisy. "hypocrisy" is a moral fault: pretending an excellence you don't even believe in. It's different from a conflict or incoherence which might be inadvertent; it's also different from falling short of one's own moral standards, which is practically universal. And the higher your (sincere) ideals or standards are, the more certainly you're going to fall short of them.

As I understand it, if you don't even have a standard that an act of intercourse ought to be natural --- meaning, man/woman, in the procreative form --- then there's no basis for being against contracepted sex, homosexual sex, heterosexual up the anus, down the throat, or anything else, barring (possibly) coercion.

Such a position is in grave moral error, but I never said it was hypocritical. It's not hypocrisy, if you don't even claim to be affirming natural sex and natural marriage.

I heartily agree with you that sexual virtue is "hard for all, and incredibly difficult for some." There were periods in my life when it just just daily, head-banging suffering. (Not now! But a period of crisis in my life, 25 years ago.) Nor do I think my experience is unusual. In fact, I think it is our common human lot, at some point in your life anyway.

That's why we have to say "Lord, have mercy" on such a regular basis.

Saints of God, pray for us!

30 posted on 11/14/2011 3:02:17 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Pray (Pray!) Oh yes we Pray (Pray!)-- You've Got to Pray Just to Make it Today. --MC Hammer)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Yep. Sorry for the other quick post.

It is being used by people wanting to limit births for trivial reasons. Further more it is being taught as “Catholic Birth Control” in many pre Cana settings.


31 posted on 11/14/2011 6:42:35 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Belteshazzar

I think you are forgetting an important psychological facts: if any means are countenanced, then the ends are changed. Fact is that devises such as the condom were created for the use of whores, and no whore wants to get pregnant, because she is not having sex for that purpose., for from her point of few, a pregnancy is an evil in itself.


32 posted on 11/15/2011 12:15:10 AM PST by RobbyS (Viva Christus Rex.)
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To: RobbyS

So, RobbyS, are you telling me that abstinence from sex for five or six days a month within marriage is not changing the ends, i.e., procreation? What kind of mental gymnastics is this?

Secondly, are you also saying that anything invented for an evil purpose - and I haven’t seen the proof of that which you assert regarding the invention of condoms, and don’t have sufficient interest to find out - cannot henceforth be used without sin?

There is some muddled thinking here.

Sin concerns unbelief in, distrust of, neglect of, disregard toward or defiance of, God and His will for us. The means used for sin is immaterial. To assert otherwise is to enter into pharisaical hairsplitting from which no one will emerge unscathed.


33 posted on 11/15/2011 9:38:19 AM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Belteshazzar
I didn't make clear that you cannot separate intention from methods. Yes, deliberate abstentionout of fear is not much different morally from withdrawal or douching, which also do not require mechanical means.

A complication is caused by the modern attitude toward sexual abstention, which so many people now regard as "unnatural." Add to that the fear of pregnancy. All this can complicate an emotional relationship between a man and a woman at all times and places. You will agree that when a man goes to a whore, he is not looking for love but gratification. It can be that in a marriage, a man can come to look upon his wife as a whore, even if we don't consider the question of possible progeny. That's the danger of NFP. You can end up with what the pope called the contraceptive mentality even if you don't use birth control devises.

The modern condom was invented in the 19th century as a result of the growing concern of society of the fate of whores. Always they had had a short life, but the humanitarian movement now took an interest in their fate. Prime Minister Gladstone, a famous evangelical, took a great personal interest in the fate of London whores. Their life was pretty miserable as we know from reading about the victims of Jack the Ripper.

In America, it was much the same. A famous New York madam was put on trial for murder after a beautiful young whore was found in a chest in the river, dead and pregnant. The New York Times began a crusade against prostitution, fueled by the frequency of similar fates for young poor girls. Dead in childbirth. The sheepskin condom was developed to reduce the pregnancy rate of whores, and in well kept brothels the clients were forced to use them or lose their privileges.

The market for this grew especially during the "gay nineties" and even was taken up by family men as time wore on. But if one freely uses contraceptives, one has obviously stepped over that line.The pill of course, completely changed the situation. The pragmatic argument for virginity away. As does the need to get a license to have sex with a woman freely--well as much as she will tolerate. T

34 posted on 11/15/2011 2:15:01 PM PST by RobbyS (Viva Christus Rex.)
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To: RobbyS

RobbyS wrote:
“A complication is caused by the modern attitude toward sexual abstention, which so many people now regard as ‘unnatural.’”

Unnatural? What do you mean? Abnormal? What is your point? How is the modern attitude different than the older one? On what basis do you assert that? Has the nature of man somehow changed in the last few years? You are not advancing a clear argument.

As for the history of prostitution and condoms, I find it immaterial to the point at issue.

Lastly, I find your final paragraph incoherent ... literally, incoherent.

I am not looking for a fight, but you need to work on staying with the point and expressing yourself clearly.


35 posted on 11/15/2011 4:12:21 PM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Belteshazzar

Unnatural means unnatural. Try a dictionary sometimes. As to the modern attitude, has it ever occured to you that there is an underlying reason for the great changes in sexual morality during the past century, especially since the sexual revolution? The modern attitude is indeed different because it assumes that man is basically just a clever ape. That he is being true to his nature only when he is doing what he feels like doing, that the old sexual morality was repressive of his true self.


36 posted on 11/15/2011 7:31:42 PM PST by RobbyS (Viva Christus Rex.)
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To: RobbyS

RobbyS wrote:
“has it ever occured to you that there is an underlying reason for the great changes in sexual morality during the past century, especially since the sexual revolution?”

Has it ever occurred to you that man has been here before in history and done these sorts of thing before? History didn’t begin in your lifetime, as Rush likes to remind his listeners from time to time. “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it can be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)

We just happen to be living through one of those worse than average times. Sadly, man is being true to his nature when he does these sorts of things ... which is part of what I am trying to point out to you.

I’ll say it again, the problem is not with the new technology of deviancy, the problem lies within fallen and corrupt man himself. But I sense that that is not something you really had in mind to talk about.

We are probably not nearly as far apart as you think. However, I am not nearly as interested in discussing the details of Roman Catholic approved practice as I am in discussing the marriage, family, and human relations under God’s moral law and, how the gospel is in the end the only efficacious solution to the problem of sin and evil in man.


37 posted on 11/15/2011 8:16:15 PM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Belteshazzar

Roman Catholic practice was the practice of all Christian bodies until 1931. Except the matter of matrimony which under the Protestant disposition was reduced from the level of a sacrament to a contract between persons, the sexual morality of Catholics and Protestant was the same. That morality underlay the laws defining and protecting the institution of marriage. The present attacks on that institution have come about because our elites have largely abandoned that morality in favor of one that recognizes few sexual vices, or actually applauds them as an exercise of human liberty. Man has indeed fallen, but many seem happy with this condition, which puts them lower than the beasts, who follow the dictates of nature.


38 posted on 11/15/2011 9:15:24 PM PST by RobbyS (Viva Christus Rex.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Pro-Life bump


39 posted on 11/17/2011 8:00:21 PM PST by Dajjal (Justice Robert Jackson was wrong -- the Constitution IS a suicide pact.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Great find, Mrs. Don-o.

A Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.


40 posted on 11/23/2011 6:43:36 PM PST by victim soul
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To: Salvation

Wow!! You are a wonderful archivist. Thanks so much for all you do to preach The Gospel of Life.

“A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope. Pope John Paul II


41 posted on 11/23/2011 6:48:39 PM PST by victim soul
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Children of the Reformation: A Short & Surprising History of Protestantism & Contraception
Implications of Obama Admin move to force Cath hospitals to provide contraception and sterilizations
Catholic doctors’ group launches petition against contraception mandate
Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say
Planned Parenthood Cuts Contraception, Not Abortion After De-Funding
Contraception underlying cause of breakdown of family, sexual morality, says expert

Contraception: The Reason Catholics Have Abandoned Confession
U.S. Bishops’ Publication Urges Priests to Preach on Contraception, Sterilization, IVF
Contraception: The Bitter Pill
Catholic Bishops Warn of ‘Civil Disobedience’ Over Contraceptives [Philippines]
Relationships Market After 50 Years of The Pill
Contraception: The Bacteria Devouring America’s Soul
Christians examine morality of birth control [Ecumenical/Orthodox Presbyterian]
The Cost of Contraception: Women's Health - Response to CNN
The Connection between Contraception and Abortion
Baby Bust: The Demographics of Global Depression

The Surest Sign of a Decadent Culture
Protestants and Birth Control
The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control
Contraception: Why Not?
The Bible & Birth Control
Our Gravest Moral Responsibility: Convert the Contraception Mentality
Contraception and Conversion
Evangelical Leaders are Ok with Contraception
The pill and 50 years of misery [the pill kills!]
The dawn of demonic deception [the birth control pill]

Researcher finds strong link between contraception and HIV
The Birth-Control Riddle
Social Science Proves Humanae Vitae
"Contraception Is Wrong. Now Here's How You Use It . . ."
Suit claims birth control warning not enough
Natural and Unnatural (father of 5 shocks mother of 1)
Planned Parenthood Uses Teens to Distribute Injectable Birth Control in Rural Ecuador
Study: Low-Dose Birth Control Pills Decrease Bone Density in Young Women
Spanish drug agency confirms grave effects of morning-after pill
Another Woman Dies of Hormonal Contraceptive in Switzerland

Study Finds Half of Women on "Birth Control Shot" Suffer Bone Problems
The Re-Birth of Population Control: Human Life Seen as a Carbon Problem
Radio Replies First Volume - Birth Control
Abortion, birth control pill linked to breast cancer, surgeon says
God before contraception (Australia)
Fighting the 'contraceptive mentality'
Birth control pill creator regrets population decline
Polluted Water, Polluted Culture (one more consequence from contraception)
Abortifacients -- The Other Forbidden Grief
NFP and Contraception: What’s the Difference?

Wisconsin requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives coverage
Contraception: The history you may have missed and would rather not know
Why does Pope Benedict talk about Humanae vitae in the new encyclical? [Catholic Caucus]
New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP
In Quiverfull Movement, Birth Control Is Shunned
Press in a Dither Again over Pope’s Reaffirmation of Catholic Teaching
How Birth Control Changed America for the Worst
If You Are Contracepting, You Are Part of A Very Big Problem
Vatican and Italian government criticize sale of RU 486 in Italy
New Condom Ads Target Catholics, Latinos

St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part Two [Open]
Responsible Parenthood in a Birth Control Culture, Part One [Open]
Humanae Vitae and True Sexual Freedom — Part 6 of 6 [Open]
Contraception v. Natural Family Planning — Part 5 of 6 [Open]
Sex Speaks: True and False Prophets — Part 4 of 6 [Open]
Contraception and the Language of the Body — Part 3 of 6 [Open]
Does Contraception Foster Love? — Part 2 of 6 [Open]
Contraception and Cultural Chaos — Part 1 of 6 [Open]
Priests still suffering from effects of Humanae Vitae dissenters, Vatican cardinal says (Must read!)

"Provoking reflection" (Contrasting views on Humanae Vitae)
Humanae Vitae The Year of the Peirasmòs - 1968
Catholics to Pope: Lift the Birth Control Ban
[OPEN] The Vindication of Humanae Vitae
Catholic Clergy Challenge Colleagues to Reacquaint Themselves and Their People with Humanae Vitae
White House proposes wide "conscience clause" on abortion, contraception
THE EX CATHEDRA STATUS OF THE ENCYCLICAL "HUMANAE VITAE" [Catholic Caucus]
“A degrading poison that withers life”
Australia Study: 70 Percent of Women Seeking Abortions Used Contraception
[Fr. Thomas Euteneuer] In Persona Christi: The Priest and Contraception

A Challenging Truth, Part Two: The Day the Birth Control Died
A Challenging Truth, Part One: How Birth Control Works
Ten Challenges for the Pro-Life Movement in 2008
The concept of the "intrinsically evil"
Pope Tells Pharmacists Not to Dispense Drugs With 'Immoral Purposes'
Massive Study Finds the Pill Significantly Increases Cancer Risk if Used more than Eight Years
Birth Control Pill Creates Blood Clot Causing Death of Irish Woman
Seminarians Bring Church’s Teaching on Contraception, Sexuality to YouTube
Abortion and Contraception: Old Lies
History of Catholic teaching on Contraception

Pope: Legislation "Supporting Contraception and Abortion is Threatening the Future of Peoples"
Contraception: Why It's Wrong
On Fox News Fearless HLI Priest Takes on Sean Hannity (may be indebted for saving his soul)
VIDEO - SEAN HANNITY vs REV. THOMAS EUTENEUER (must see!)
The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus
Pope on divine love vs. erotic love
Conjugal Love and Procreation: God's Design
Being fruitful [Evangelicals and contraception]


42 posted on 01/24/2012 10:32:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Wonderful compendium of horrible stuff, Salvation. But we need to know. I’m going to construct a PP file today for my own more efficacious education.


43 posted on 01/25/2012 3:29:25 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("The first duty of intelligent men of our day is the restatement of the obvious. " - George Orwell)
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