3/8/2014 1:51:00 PM Even NFP can spark contraceptive mentality
The U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities promotes natural family planning as a way for married couples to deepen their love and achieve responsible parenthood. The posters are made available to churches in English and Spanish.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
In his answer to a reader’s question about artificial contraception, Deacon Owen Cummings concluded that periodic continence and NFP “are acceptable means of avoiding conception from the church’s point of view.”
However, he failed to mention the fact that such methods are permitted only for “serious reasons.” When NFP is presented without mentioning this caveat, it encourages a “contraceptive” mentality, and overemphasizes the importance of the marital embrace in and of itself in the marriage relationship.
NFP is viewed by many as a means of gaming the system. People wonder why artificial means of avoiding conception are wrong, but “natural” means are permitted, since both accomplish the same thing: fewer children. When NFP is presented as “just as effective” as contraception, this further confuses the issue. NFP, especially when it is used without a serious reason, is simply birth control; and birth control is not a Catholic value.