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Lack of formation about contraception among Catholics is a cause of suffering, Sen. Rick Santorum told a small group of moms Feb. 22 in Fargo, N.D.

Kari Brock, a mother of four and a geography instructor, asked the Catholic senator from Pennsylvania about the widespread use of birth control. A writer from the local newspaper reported:

Responding to statistics Brock obtained from Facebook with a grid showing that 98 percent of Catholics practice birth control, despite church teaching to the contrary, Santorum said that just because we don’t always live up to our own standards doesn’t mean we should live down to where the culture is. “We should always aspire to do better.”

He acknowledged that the Catholic Church’s position on contraception is a controversial topic, but one he’s researched well and understands as a conscientious Catholic.

“I’ve read Theology of the Body and the church’s teaching on this, and it makes perfectly good sense to me,” he said, noting that the lack of Catholic consensus on the issue has more to do with formation than the teaching itself.

“To some degree do I suffer the consequence of that?” he asked. “When the church at large doesn’t preach the Gospel or teach the truth, we all suffer.”

What do you think about the popularity of the pill among Catholics? Do you also see it as a result of lack of formation? What are the consequences of contraception and a contraceptive culture?

Here at “Faith, Hope & Love,” we make a point to address church teaching on contraception and highlight the use of natural family planning. We’re excited to bring an expert on board this year: Theresa Notare, the assistant director of the U.S. bishops’ natural family planning program, part of the USCCB’s Secretariat for the Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth in DC. Theresa will contribute to the blog by sharing insights on NFP as well as her own experiences as a single Catholic. Look for her debut post this spring.

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Marita-847688 June 9, 2012

    Something that is supposed to create life-the married life of a happy couple, the life of selfless love, and the life of their children- has been turned upside down into something selfish that creates death-the death of a happy marriage, the death of selfless love, and the death of a baby in their mother’s womb. Jesus knew us before we were even in the womb, so how is it that people think the pill is okay? It is NOT okay. It destroys everything good and holy about marriage between a man and a woman.

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