(Quote) Shara-929649 said:
Carole I do not think that there will ever be birth control options for Catholic marriag...
(Quote) Shara-929649 said:
Carole I do not think that there will ever be birth control options for Catholic marriage. The contraceptive intent is contrary to what we as Catholic believe is holy sexual expression within the context of marriage. Natural family planning with a contraceptive intent is also wrong. If you are ever open I would love to discuss this with you but it would even be better for you to discuss this with a priest. There are also many wise women in the pink room that I am sure would be willing to discuss this in detail with you. It is not about being open-minded but about acknowledging truth. When you begin to truly understand the intent and the awesomeness of God's plan for sexual expression in marriage these questions will be answered with clarity. I know that your questions stem out of a desire to learn so I am truly praying for God to give you the clarity that you seek. Keep seeking and you will find. God will not let you down. I am praying dear sister.
Shara thank you for pointing out the intent portion of the equation and that even natural family planning methods utilized under the intent of contraception makes it morally wrong. It is an important concept in the discussion. Many I think forget this in their deliberations and the the openness to life, is prepared to accept a life when it comes, whether or not we were trying to manage the spacing etc through a legitimate method or not.
I would also add, though I think it was Jerry's post regarding artificial birth control. . .one of the reasons Artificial hormonal methods are also unacceptable is that one of their functions is abortifacient, while this mechanism may or may not kick in (and this is a very difficult mechanism to measure), it is still part of their design to make an inhospitable womb environment which if it failed to prevent ovulation, could result in the inability of the embryo to implant in the uterine lining which makes it not anti-ovulatory but abortifacient in mechanism. Intrauterine devices with or without hormones are particularly abortifacient in their operative mechanism.
Birth control in any form is such a hot button topic, but I believe that it is exceptionally important to discuss all of these distinctions and points so that a couple may make their decisions with a fully informed awareness of the potentials and so that they may through prayer and study understand all the nuances of making these moral decisions. And, that they may work on their own interior thoughts in regard to opennesss to life, accepting God's will in their marriage, accepting what lives are brought into their care (through any number of means). Many are unaware of the actual mechanisms of hormonal birth control, and while they may not see prevention of ovulation as problematic, they are horrified to know it might also cause an abortion - something they would never openly choose. Lauren