Why do Catholics believe that artificial contraception is just as sinful as abortion?
I really don't understand. Abortion is killing a baby, which is obviously sinful. Though artificial contraception ...
Artificial contraception just prevents a pregnancy from occurring.
Can someone tell me why Catholics believe that artificial contraception is just as sinful as abortion?
- Anonymous1 year agoFavorite Answer
Because the Church teaches that every act of sex must be open to the possibility of transmitting life. Anything which interferes with or blocks that possibility is considered sinful. And the Church also teaches that couples should plan their families, but they should use only natural methods to do this. That's what NFP, or natural family planning, was developed for. When it's used correctly, and the couple involved has enough self restraint and discipline to make it work, it works very well, and has a high success rate. But using it requires an enormous amount of self discipline on the part of both partners in the relationship. Most people don't have that, at least not 100 percent of the time. People get tired of being restrained and feeling as though the restrictions imposed by the Church are interfering with their lives. So they have sex when they shouldn't- and the law of natural consequences follows.
NFP is interesting when one considers that the birth control pill was invented and developed by a CATHOLIC doctor who at the time was looking for ways to help infertile couples achieve pregnancy. The Church has never been the same since that doctor did his work back in the early 60's. His invention changed the course of human history forever, and it not only fueled the sexual revolution of the '60's, it also was largely responsible for bringing the modern women's rights movement about. This happened because it finally became possible for women to separate sex from reproduction for the first time since human beings came down out of the trees and walked upright. Once that happened, there was no turning back the clock, and no putting the genie of progress back into the bottle. Pandora's Box had been opened.
The abortion issue is different. The Church opposes abortion because they think that it is murder, regardless of what stage of pregnancy it is performed at. A basic tenet of the Christian faith is that all life is precious, and that all human life must be protected from conception to natural death. And the Church has been really bad about spreading myths and half truths when it comes to abortion. They have published literature which says that abortion causes breast cancer. It DOESN'T. Then they tried to claim that it causes ovarian and uterine cancer. It doesn't do that either. And they have tried to dupe the mental health community for years in their efforts get what they refer to as "post abortion syndrome" recognized as a mental disorder, but the APA (American Psychiatric Association) has consistently refused to do this.
Part of the issue with abortion and the Church is due to the fact that the Church is run entirely by men. Men don't get pregnant, they don't face the issues that women do, but they are the ones with the power in the Church, and the ones in control of what gets taught and printed. Most of the clergy are more pro-BIRTH than they are pro-LIFE, at least when it comes to abortion. That's also true for much of the American political establishment. These are the people who will gladly force rape victims and survivors of sexual abuse and incest to bear babies that they neither want nor can afford to raise, WITHOUT providing them with any kind of material support or help. They also want to force girls as young as 10 who get pregnant to have their babies, just because they can, without any regard for what having a baby at such a young age might do to the girl involved. Pregnancy and delivery have been known to KILL very young girls. That's because their bodies aren't mature enough to handle the demands being placed on them. When one robs Peter in order to pay Paul, everybody loses. But the men at the top of the Church don't see these things.
- DP.Lv 61 year ago
The Catholic Church teaches this because it is confused... which is why it should be known as
THE CONFUSED CATHOLIC CHURCH... or CCC
This is just one more example.
So here's the problem with this teaching...
1) It's not biblical. Nowhere in the bible does it mention anything about contraception despite an attempt to use passages about spilt semen being contorted to say so.
2) It's not logical. The principle is that sex is something God designed solely for reproduction and hence stopping reproduction is fighting against God and a sin. It's nuts! If this had any truth it would mean that every time any married couple had sex and didn't get pregnant then they had sex for their own pleasure and not for reproduction... what does this say about couples who never conceive? More than that.. read the bible! There are numerous characters who are downcast because they couldn't conceive.... is this because they weren't having sex until God instructed them to?
...basically the CCC is bad at three things... 1) Confusion 2) Making Stuff Up 3) Handing out guilt!
- Climate RealistLv 71 year ago
They think that sex should be a chore for the purpose of having babies and should never be engaged in for pleasure.
I agree that abortion is a sin. Most atheists claim that being pro life is about religion. Let's dissect that claim.
The Bible does not specifically say not to have abortions. What it does say is not to murder; not to take the life of a human being. Science, not religion, at least not the Bible, says that unborn babies are human. The connection between religion and being against religion is that religion teaches that it is wrong to take an innocent human life.
A few atheists are pro life.
- EddieJLv 71 year ago
>>> "Artificial contraception just prevents a pregnancy from occurring. "
That's not quite accurate. It *can* do that, but it doesn't necessarily always work.
And, that's why it probably needn't be considered a sin.
If attempting to prevent pregnancy is interfering with God's intention, then God can easily cause the pregnancy to still happen without causing something that can clearly be suspected of being supernatural intervention.
On the other hand, if the intention itself is the bad part, then using the rhythm method would also be a sin, but the Church accepts that method. I've attributed the acceptance to the increased probability of failure, so the Church probably figured that, on average, people would mess up with the rhythm method and the Church would get more children overall.
So, artificial contraception is considered a sin because it's fairly reliable.
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- Pete LLv 51 year ago
The sperm are alive and contraception prevents them from doing the only job they were created for.
- 1 year ago
Man Made doctrines. Regardless, IF Contraception is a Sin (and I don't think it is) then it is as severe as Abortion IF Abortion is a Sin (and I think it is).
- FireballLv 71 year ago
Ive never asked them...some think they want more Catholics and they do have big families..But God never said we could not plan when to have our kids...Mine are 2 yrs apart.
- tentofieldLv 71 year ago
They don't. The Catholic church is against the use of artificial contraception when it is used to prevent pregnancy. They are not against the use of the Pill to help women with irregular or painful periods nor are they against the use of condoms when they are used for disease prevention. If the primary reason for using the contraceptive is not the prevention of pregnancy, contraceptives can be used. Abortion is not permitted in any circumstances so the two are not the same.
- Anonymous1 year ago
- megalomaniacLv 71 year ago
Sin is an arbitrary concept invented by religious authorities to control people through fear.