Originally posted at Catholic Household.
Fr. Ezra Sullivan from Rome
The purpose of contraception is to allow a man and woman to experience sexual pleasure without experiencing the full effects of the sexual act. It is very much like chewing food without allowing it nourish one’s body. Therefore, contraception is a sort of “sexual bulimia.” It leads to malnourishment of individuals, couples, and society.
Fr. Donald Calloway from Massachusetts
Contraception is wrong for many reasons, one of which is because the pinnacle and pattern of marriage is the union between Christ and his Church. And Jesus does not use us as objects or treat us with indignity, but makes us fruitful for eternal life by giving himself totally and completely to us through the teachings of the Church and the sacraments. This model of true love needs to be more present in marriages today. Marriages that practice contraception are not truly grounded in the selfless pattern of Christ and his Church, but base their conjugal relations upon a self-gratifying moment of pleasure, preferring to use each other as objects rather than give themselves completely to the other, and this contraceptive way of life produces little, if no, fruit (children) at all.
Msgr. Charles Pope from Washington, D.C.
At the root of contraception is the flawed and fatal notion that there is no necessary connection between sex and procreation. We have divided what God has joined. In sowing the wind we have reaped the whirlwind of sexual confusion, selfishness, and irresponsibility. Contraception is a catastrophic rebellion that has undermined Marriage by fostering promiscuity, and caused untold suffering to children born into a culture increasingly unprepared and unwilling to raise them.
Fr. Shenan Boquet from Virginia (President of Human Life International)
At the heart of the destruction of the family is the widespread use of artificial contraception. When the complete gift of self between spouses is denied, families fall apart and innocent life is reduced to a disposable commodity, as was predicted in Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. As I travel, I find that most Catholics are still unaware of this prophetic, truthful, and loving teaching on the gift of human life and find themselves trapped by these same errors as the rest of the culture has suffered. But there is growing awareness of the problem and signs of hope: fertility awareness-based methods can space or achieve pregnancy and are a beautiful option for married couples to live fully their sacramental vows in union with our Creator by being open to the gift of life.