Contraception Feeds Social Decline
Contraception is the selfish practice of mutual masturbation. Each partner uses the other person to heighten his or her sexual pleasure, while excluding the willingness to accept whatever children God may want to give them. People who practice contraception become habitually selfish. Experience shows that their selfishness will not even exclude killing the unborn child that was unwillingly conceived As a culture becomes de-Christianized, the practice of selfless love declines and may disappear altogether. There is only one solution. Re-evangelize, in order to re-Christianize, in order to revitalize a decadent human Society.
Jul 6, 2011
Fr. Marc Montminy
Ste Marie Parish
Manchester, New Hampsire
Recording of the Sunday Gospel and Homily at Ste Marie Parish, Manchester, New Hampshire
ON HUMAN LIFE
A pastoral letter to the people of God of northern Colorado
on the truth and meaning of married love
+ Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
July 22, 1998
Pope Paul VI’s great 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”). In presenting his encyclical, “Humanae Vitae,” Paul VI cautioned against four main problems that would arise if Catholic teaching on the regulation of births was ignored. First, he warned that the widespread use of contraception would lead to “conjugal infidelity and the general lowering
of morality.” Exactly this has happened. Few would deny that the rates of abortion, divorce, family breakdown, wife and child abuse, venereal decease and out of wedlock births have all massively increased since the mid-1960’s. Obviously, the birth control pill has not been the only factor in this unraveling. But it has played a major role. In this, Paul VI was right.
Second, he also warned that man would lose respect for woman and “no longer care for her physical and psychological equilibrium,” to the point that he would consider her “as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.” In other words, according to the Pope, contraception might be marketed as liberating for women, but the real “beneficiaries” of birth control pills and devices would be men. In the process, one of the stranger ironies of the contraception debate of the past generation has been this: Many have attacked the Catholic Church for her alleged disregard of women, but the Church in “Humanae Vitae” identified and rejected sexual exploitation of women years before that message entered the cultural mainstream. Again, Paul VI was right.
Third, the Holy Father also warned that widespread use of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon…in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” As we have since discovered, eugenics didn’t disappear with Nazi racial theories in 1945. Population control policies are now an accepted part of nearly every foreign aid discussion.
Fourth, Pope Paul warned that contraception would mislead human beings into thinking they had unlimited dominion over their own bodies, relentlessly turning the human person into the object of his or her own intrusive power…A man and a woman participate uniquely in the glory of God by their ability to co-create new life with Him. At the heart of contraception, however, is the assumption that fertility is an infection which must be attacked and controlled, exactly as antibiotics attack bacteria. In this attitude, one can also see the organic link between contraception and abortion. If fertility can be misrepresented as an infection to be attacked, so too can new life. Once again, Paul VI was right.
19. I ask my brother priests to examine their own pastoral practices, to ensure that they faithfully and persuasively present the Church’s teaching on these issues in all their parish work.
The result is that the Church now must evangelize a world of their children’s children — adolescents and young adults raised in moral confusion, often unaware of their own moral heritage, who hunger for meaning, community, and love with real substance. For all its challenges, this a is tremendous new moment of possibility for the Church, and the good news is that the Church today, as in every age, has the answers to fill the God-shaped empty places in their hearts. My prayer is therefore simple: May the Lord grant us the wisdom to recognize the great treasure which resides in our teaching about married love and human sexuality, the faith, joy and perseverance to live it in our own families — and the courage which Paul VI possessed to preach it anew.