Contraception: Gateway To The Culture Of Death!

Abortion Will Not Stop Until Catholics Understand That Contraception Is Intrinsically Evil!

Father James Farfaglia-Most people are appalled by the continuous slaughter of innocent children through the horrible scourge of abortion.  Abortion is a manifestation of an anti-child, contraceptive mentality that has gripped most Americans.  Contraception is the gateway to the culture of death.

Should We Be Surprised By The Continuing Devaluing Of Human Life?

The massive loss of innocent human life that took place on September 11 shocked the nation.  This loss of innocent human life was tragic.  Nevertheless, another tragedy with even greater consequences continues on a daily basis. More than 52,704,727 children have been murdered through abortion since January 22, 1973.

Should we be surprised at the seemingly endless accounts of murders, bombings and wars throughout the world that fill the media each day?  If we can kill inside of the womb, what is to keep us from killing outside of the womb?

There have been more babies killed by abortion since Roe v Wade than people killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and both Iraq wars combined.   An average of 150 convicted murderers, proven guilty, are killed by the death penalty in Texas every year. 90,000 innocent babies are killed in Texas every year by abortion.

Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions in the U.S. alone.

Consider the estimated populations of some of our major U.S. cities: New York – 8,143,197; Los Angeles – 3,844,829; Chicago – 2,842,518; and Houston – 2,016,582.  Are we not destroying our work force and the base for Social Security?

Is Anyone Listening To The Holy Father?

Very few are paying attention to what Pope Benedict XVI told the College of Cardinals in an end of the year speech with these dramatic words:  “For all its new hopes and possibilities, our world is at the same time troubled by the sense that moral consensus is collapsing, consensus without which juridical and political structures cannot function. Consequently the forces mobilized for the defense of such structures seem doomed to failure” (December 20, 2010).

Abortion Is Only A Symptom, Not The Root The Problem!

As horrendous as abortion is, it is really only a symptom of a much greater problem.  In their 2001 revision of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities “A Campaign in Support of Life”, the United States Catholic Bishops speak of the connection between abortion and contraception when they write: “It is noteworthy that as acceptance and use of contraception have increased in our society, so have acceptance and use of abortion. Couples who unintentionally conceive a child while using contraception are far more likely to resort to abortion than others. Tragically, our society has fallen into a mentality that views children as a burden and invites many to consider abortion as a ‘backup’ to contraceptive failure. This is most obvious in efforts to promote as ‘emergency contraception’ drugs that really act as early abortifacients.”

As I wrote in my book “Man to Man: a Real Priest speaks to Real Men about Marriage, Sexuality and Family Life,” prior to 1930 every Christian denomination agreed in their opposition to contraception.  Today, the Catholic Church stands alone.   However, even though the Catholic Church affirms that contraception is intrinsically evil, the majority of Catholics in America completely rejects and ignores the Church’s teaching on procreation.

Why Does The Catholic Church Teach That Contraception Is Intrinsically Evil?

Why does the Catholic Church affirm that artificial birth control is intrinsically evil?  The reason is founded on this principle: every marital act must keep together “the inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act” (Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 12).

This fundamental principle contained in Humanae Vitae is true because the nature of sexual intercourse, which is both life-giving (pro-creative) and love-giving (unitive), reflects the plan of God for marriage.  A man and a woman must not intervene to separate their fertility from their bodily union. To do so is to disrupt the plan of God for marriage, sexuality and married love.   Therefore, the Church’s teaching is not only affirmed by Divine law, but by natural law as well.

Sexual pleasure within marriage becomes unnatural, and even harmful to the spouses, when it is used in a way that deliberately excludes the basic purpose of sex, which is procreation.  God’s gift of sex must not be abused by frustrating its natural end—procreation.

However, this does not mean that married couples only have sexual intercourse when they want to conceive a child.  Mutual love or the good of the spouses, one of the three purposes of marriage, indicates that sex is good, sex is holy and that the sexual union between the spouses enhances, in a very deep way, the intimate love between husband and wife.  Nevertheless, we must keep in mind that the three purposes of marriage: the good of the spouses, the procreation of children and the education of children, are equal and form one single entity.  The first purpose of marriage is not superior to the other two.

What Is The Morally Acceptable Way To Regulate Births?

The Catholic Church continues to affirm that every conjugal act must be open to the transmission of life.  The Catholic Church continues to affirm that all forms of  contraception are intrinsically evil. However, the Catholic Church does teach that there is a moral or ethical way to regulate births. The moral way to regulate the procreation of children is through the use of Natural Family Planning.

Humanae Vitae explains this clearly with these words:  “If therefore there are well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and engage in marital intercourse only during those times that are infertile, thus controlling birth in a way which does not in the least offend the moral principles which we have just explained” (Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 16).

Why Is The World Sexually Out Of Control?

We all know that the world is sexually out of control.  The wide acceptance and use of contraception have  caused the present day chaos.  Pope Paul VI said that it would happen when he wrote, “Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection” (Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 17).

Abortion in America could end tomorrow if the Catholic Church in America were to  take a militant and united stand against abortion.  But, it can only take a militant and firm stand in favor of the unborn,  if  the Church were to affirm in practice, and not only in words, that contraception is intrinsically evil.

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9 comments to Contraception: Gateway To The Culture Of Death!

  • Sheila

    Thank you for so eloquently citing the passages in Humanae Vitae that have never been taught to generations of Catholics, yet so desperately needed to confront the current immorality of LGBTQ+ Culture of Death, in which the Roman Catholic Church, our marriages, children and future generations must survive. God help us and save our souls from eternal damnation!

  • Jay Urban

    I grew up in a Catholic home, went to Catholic schools , and am aware of Catholic teachings, reading this explanation of the churches teachings on contraceptives leaves me with but one simple thought ; you are nuts!

  • Robert Berry

    “More than 52,704,727 children have been murdered through abortion since January 22, 1973.”

    WRONG !!! that’s only the ones reported; not covered up !!! May be closer to 75 million.

    Hey, for Lent, check out http://www.40daysforlife.com … give up sittin’ in front of the tube and get out and PRAY !!!

    God Bless !!!

  • Bill

    Hello Bill,

    I hope you don’t mind my responding in bold.

    I assume the alleged ban on contraception comes from Humanae Vitae which was an encyclical. It is my understanding that the Pope is not speaking ex cathedra in these letters and they, therefore, are not infallible teaching and are therefore meant as guidelines for Catholics and are not mandatory. Bill, can you cite your information? Contraception is a clearly defined moral issue. The basis of the teaching starts with the bible. Do you realize Catholics must submit to the Magisterium of Catholic Church on issues of faith and morals? Do you know why we must? Did you know that the contraceptive pill can work as an abortifacient? How can the Church established by Jesus Christ support a pill that can result in an aborted baby? Are you supporting this stance?

    If the contention is that the principles outlined in the encyclical, Humanae Vitae are mandatory, why don’t guidelines in other encyclicals addressing issues like living wages, unions, poverty and a host of other issues have to be obeyed? ??? That is exactly what encyclicals do and they do address either directly or indirectly the exact issues you are talking about. Some are guidelines and some authoritatively defined Catholic teaching. And what if they didn’t? Why are you attacking Holy Mother Church? Indeed some Catholic institutions have been paying “non-living” wages for years. And your point? Catholics sin. Does that give us the right to sin ourselves? Does that give us the right to reject the teachings of Christ given to us through the Catholic Church? Some Catholic institutions should be paying a fair living wage and some should not or cannot. If they can and do not then this is sinful. Do you know how much Jesus paid the disciples when he sent them out two by two?

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    God bless you Bill!

    I hope you are stilling praying us.

  • Paul C

    “..unless you gnaw on my flesh…you will not enter heaven”….well, Jesus only reiterated that one twice, not 70 times 7 times, so we wont stop you if you don’t want to believe that and still want to come up for Holy Communion. In fact, we don’t really mean the abortion and contraception thing – come on up if you feel we’re a bit kooky on that one too, as it’s not a mortal sin then either.

    Ignorance is Catholic bliss and this keeps the symbolic red hats only symbolically red.

  • Elizabeth Forshaw

    This is absoluely correct in every word. It is necessary that Priests preach this from the pulpit so everyone knows the teaching of the Church. Catholic Doctors and others please take note. No one seems to speak of the abortifacient effects of some contraceptives and how taking hormones can cause cancer.

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