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Catholicism Paper #3 Lauren Berry November 18, 2009 Humanae Vitae : The Ongoing Debate Within Catholic Church In 1964 Pope Paul VI spoke the following words in regards to the debate over contraception: “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.” 1 The Catholic Church has made a clear stand on the prohibition of contraception. Prior to Vatican II and after, the Church believes that the use of contraception goes against the morals and teachings of the Church. Up until 1930, all Protestant denominations happened to agree with the Catholic Church’s teachings on the condemnation of contraception as an evil sin. However, under the influence of growing social pressure , the Protestant Church relaxed its stance on contraception allowing it in some circumstances and giving parents the choice. The Catholic Church, to this day, has remained strong in their position on the use of contraceptives and in its teachings it professes that contraception is wrong because it is a direct violation of God’s design or “natural law”. The Catholic Church has argued that the “natural law” purpose of sexual intercourse is procreation. Sexual intercourse is a way for married couples to become more intimate with each other and this acts brings about a special and sacred bond between the couple. The pleasure that is received within sexual intercourse is rather just a “gift” from God, yet this beautiful bond that is created during sexual intercourse may also bring about the creation of a new life. When sexual 1 1 http://www.notable-quotes.com/b/birth_control_quotes.html
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intercourse is used solely for sexual pleasure, this gift of life is stripped away. Catholic teachings condemn this selfish act because it goes against the natural process of life and hinders God’s ultimate plan of procreation.
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