EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: Life on the Rock – Fr. Mark and Fr. Anthony – Doug Barry – RADIX
Doug Barry of the group Radix talks a little bit about the moral implications of birth control. Now this video is in no means a comprehensive lesson on all of the issues of contraception. If you are interested in learning more about why the church teaches that contraception is wrong, I urge you to do some research and find out. The church doesn’t just make these rules to control your life or stop you from having fun. There are actually good reasons for everything the church teaches.
So many people think that their own way is better than GOD’s way and that they know what is better for themselves than GOD does. But when you look at society and all the divorces and other sad things that are going on, it is clear that GOD knows what is best for us and we should follow his plan. GOD gave us the gift of sex to be shared by married couples for the purpose of bonding and to make babies. But when you contracept, whether it be by the pill, condoms, or other types of contraception, you withhold something from your partner. You don’t give yourself completely to your partner. Sex becomes just about you and making yourself feel good instead of bonding with your partner.
To understand another reason why the pill is wrong, one must understand how the pill works. The pill works by kind of tricking your body into thinking it is already pregnant. An egg does not drop and therefore cannot be fertilized. But sometimes this does not work and an egg drops anyway and gets fertilized by the sperm. Well, the pill has a back up method for when this happens. It does not allow the egg to implant into the wall of the uterus, so pretty much the fertilized egg just gets washed away. But we know as Catholics that GOD does not choose to breathe a soul into a person when the baby pops out of a woman or even when the baby develops a heartbeat. It is the moment of conception. Most people are probably unaware that many forms of the pill are not just contraception, but abortifacients.
There are also many side effects of using the pill, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, strokes, and a great many of women have fertility problems after getting off of the pill. Also, the pill creates a sense that you can have sex and not get pregnant, thus creating many unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The pill has created a culture that thinks that sex outside of marriage is OK, leading to so many families living in poverty and single parent families.
But this does not mean we should all have 50 kids. The church teaches Natural Family Planning, or NFP. I love to teach in metaphors, so allow me to share one about NFP. It is kind of like if you were getting married and your wedding was already really full. You send your aunt who lives in England an invitation even though you are pretty sure she won’t make it. If she does end up making it, you are still happy that she came and you try to make room for her. This is better than sending her a message telling her to stay at her house and not come. This is kind of the difference between NFP and contraception. You always are open to life. You put your faith in GOD that he would never give you anything that you can’t handle. When couples do this, the divorce rate plummets from 50% to less than 1%. They have more self control, are better communicators, and more generous.
The last point I would like to make about this subject is how important it is to put your faith in the teachings of the church. Back in the 1960s, the world was really putting pressure on the Catholic Church to get with the times and allow the pill to be used. The church was against the pill from the beginning however, before we even knew exactly how the pill works. Now that we have learned that the pill is an abortifacient, the Catholic Church can stand proud that they never gave in to the pressure of the mainstream. The Catholic Church is indeed lead by the Holy Spirit and incapable of teaching error.
May GOD bless you all and let me leave you with one last thought. In a culture more concerned with material things and less concerned with children, just remember that your kids are the only thing you get to take to heaven with you
Doug Berry of Radix speaks of the power of Holy Water. An amazing testimony to the power of holy water. Don’t be afraid to make it a practice of Lent. Even though Lent has just started, it may be a good way to begin this and make it a great new habit that leads to an increase in holiness and virtue in your life and that of your family.