Why We Reject the Pill

This Tuesday at RCIA we had a little bit of controversy. One of our candidates questioned why the Church didn’t change its doctrine on contraception and homosexuality. More people would go to church if the Church changed. To me the question revealed a lack of understanding of the role of the Church.
The Church’s role is not to be popular but to help people follow the narrow road to heaven. The Church can not do anything but point to the narrow gate. The success of the Church is not measured by how many people attend mass but by how many people it helped to get into heaven.
The Church has to stay true to the teachings of Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is God, not the polls, not the media and not the president who has the final say on Church teachings. It is God who we face when we die. It is God who Pope Francis will face. He will be held responsible for staying true to the gospel and teachings of the Church. He can not just willy-nilly change the Church’s teachings. He can not say sin is not sin.
How can we expect the Church to approve something as destructive and harmful as contraception? Since the introduction of the Pill there has been over a 600 % increase in the incidence of breast cancer for which many oncologists blame the pill. Then there are lawsuits related to strokes, embolisms and other side effects. The pill has also been cited as a factor in the destruction of many marriages.
There is also a dirty little secret about the Pill. It does not prevent conception. A woman’s eggs still are fertilized by the sperm. A child can be conceived. What the Pill does is prevent the embryo from being implanted on the uterus. Basically it means that any child conceived is aborted.
How can we expect the Church to approve this? How can we tolerate something that weakens marriages or promotes cohabitation and adultery? How can a marriage succeed when your spouse is reduced to a sexual object? What are your chances for success when commitment is no longer necessary? How many marriages were doomed because the Pill failed to foster communication and cooperation between spouses?
It is not as if the Church has not presented a viable method of planning your family. Using scientific methods originally developed by doctors to help women who had difficulty conceiving, modern medicine has developed natural family planning. It is not the Rhythm method. It requires training, communication and discipline but it is as effective as any method of artificial contraception without any negative side effects. At the same time marriages using NFP are strengthened because it fosters communication, cooperation and discipline. The success rate of marriages which use NFP is over 90%
Of course there is no way for Planned Parenthood and the drug companies to make a large profit off of NFP. No wonder we don’t hear the truth about it!

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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