Catholic Church and Birth Control

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The Catholic Church and Birth Control

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“You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.” This is a quote from a speech given by Pope Paul VI back in 1965, just five years after the FDA approves “the pill” as a form of birth control. In this paper I am going to explore why the Catholic Church so deeply opposes the use of contraceptives. Also, I want to try to dissect why many Catholic’s still use birth control despite the fact that the Pope has publically denounced the use of any form, regarding it as a sin. And finally, I will look at how the Catholic Church has maintained its power through out the world without having to stray from many of their strict belief set.

It was not officially until 1968 that the Catholic Church announced their complete opposition to birth control of all forms. Pope Paul VI issued a letter titled “Humanae Vitae,” meaning human life in Latin where he stated, “Contraception is "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act [sexual intercourse], or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" This includes sterilization, condoms and other barrier methods, spermicides, coitus interruptus (withdrawal method), the Pill, and all other such methods.  For me, to truly understand the utter disapproval of all forms of contraceptives by the Catholic Church I had to completely shift my paradigm on the subject. To the Catholic Church birth control is considered the same as having an abortion. According the Catholic website where all Catholics can turn to for answers it states, “Contraception is wrong because it’s a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as "natural law." The natural...
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