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My contraception argument goes down in flames

As I talked about in my last post (here), my argument against the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception was already beginning to fall apart.  I learned that God’s kingdom has no room for sexual relations outside of marriage due to the fact that such relations amount to no more than one person using another for their own personal pleasure.  It is the objectification of one of God’s creatures for the purpose of our own self gratification – unacceptable.  As for the use of contraception inside of marriage, there is also no place in God’s kingdom for this.  This takes the complete giving of one to another and reduces it, holds something back.  Due to the loss of the procreative nature of the relationship, the sexual act can once again be reduced to sheer self gratification, even inside marriage.

I am not giving up quite so easily, however.   Continue reading

Prove that contraception is ok, and prove the Church wrong – Piece of cake, I thought

I remember it like it was yesterday, it was February, 2009 and I was just sitting on the couch minding my own business when Emily says “I want to bring our marriage into the Catholic Church”.  My first thought – Where the he__ did that come from?  ”OK, OK, compose yourself,” I thought, “You’re ready for this, be calm”.  ”Why would you want to do that?” was my first question.  ”I don’t know, it’s just something I feel like doing,” she answered, “and I already made an appointment at St. Pat’s for us to go and meet with someone to talk about how to do it”.  OK, now she’s playing dirty, so I’m going to have to play my trump card – “Do you know that being a Catholic means that you can’t use any form of birth control”.  Her answer “No one really follows those rules.”  Game, set, match.  This is not something I will ever have to take seriously.  Despite being born a Catholic, Emily has no idea what the Church really teaches.  All I have to do is prove how the Church is wrong and I can put all of this to bed.  Piece of cake. Continue reading

Contraception is a touchy subject, but was my first step to conversion

HHS Rally Image

If you read your daily newspaper today, and I mean really read it because the story was probably not too big, you may have seen that there were some rallies yesterday to protest the HHS mandate requiring ALL health insurance policies to provide coverage for contraception and sterilization procedures (read about it here).  The rallies took place in about 140 cities, drawing anywhere from 200 to 2000 people at each according to news reports I’ve read.  Now, let’s say that the average number was 500 at each location (a light estimate); that would mean that 70,000 people across the country showed up at noon on a workday to protest this.  How much did you hear about it on the evening news last night?  I’m guessing not much.  I’m not sure how many total people took part in the “occupy” movement last fall, but I know I heard about it every night for weeks. Continue reading