"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history." -Cardinal Francis George

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reason # 528 the Catholic Church is a miracle: Contraception

Her: "Hooray! This pill will enable me to become a piece of meat to be used by a man as a more realistic alternative to masturbation! Womankind is finally liberated!"
Him: "Can you hurry it up over there..."
I ran across a really great article on contraception and the Catholic Church called Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later. What an amazing story! The committee that studied the issue in the mid 60's recommended that it be allowed by the pope. So what does he do? He forbids it totally in his encyclical Humanae Vitae! Then came the most vocal dissent in the history of the Church from what this article says. People couldn't believe it! All the hippie priests were irate! Rock on Pope Paul VI!

The encyclical itself is a great read just on historical grounds for anyone to read, but for Catholics, it will make you cry at how miraculous our glorious Church is. She is truly divinely protected from teaching error! Starting with the Anglicans in 1930, who allowed contraceptives in "grave" circumstances and within marriage, every Protestant denom, and even the Eastern Orthodox have caved on this issue, but not the Catholic Church!

Along with upholding the moral law, the encyclical is highly prophetic in its predictions of the disillusion of society as a result of contraception.
Prophet Pope Paul VI

Personally what I find amazing is 2 things:

1. That the vast majority of "conservative" American Protestants are OK with contraception/in-vitro/masturbation etc. Not to toot my own horn, but as a Protestant I 100% knew it was evil even just going on the sola Scriptura principle. Similar to homosexuality, it is simply just evil, and even a child can tell you that it is evil. Ask one. They will tell you. I seriously don't get why it is so widely accepted by Protestants. They are so good on abortion and gay marriage issues, yet FAIL utterly on this! So sad.

2. That "conservative" American Protestants will try to justify the use of abortifacient contraceptives!
I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't heard it multiple times from family and friends. One female who shall remain nameless told me that she knows (she claims she can feel it) when her body releases an egg, so she is ok with using the IUD. For some background, the IUD is abortifacient, which means it will cause a fertilized egg (a human being) to not implant into the uterine lining. That is straight up murder, bizatch! Does your husband seriously need to not only use you like a whore (as St. Augustine would say) but also risk killing his own children just because he can't wait a few days to ... you know? Even if it were a 0.5% chance that a fertilized egg were aborted from using the IUD (and I bet it is way more), is it really worth that risk to murder someone?

This whole issue was yet another fact that pointed me to the Catholic Church. Only one claimant to the title "Church" has not allowed this grave evil. The barque of Peter alone has stayed afloat in the evil storm contraception. All others have caved like the wimpy pretenders they are. Viva il papa!


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0kJHQpvgB8

    That is all.

  2. Laugh all you want, it reminds me of the same attitude that laughs at the blasphemous "life of Brian" by Monty Python. It is laughing and mocking the truth.

    I agree with the song 100%, and every saint from Moses to Augustine and all the way to Christians in the mid 20th century agrees as well. (The Reformers went balistic against contraception)
    The unanimous consent of Christendom for 1900 years, without exception, was that contraception is a grave evil. So I think I am in good company.

    And they felt that way even about the "withdrawl" method (Onanism), they had MUCH harsher things to say about women taking drugs to kill thir children, which is what abortifacients do!

    Teenage boys tossing off is one thing, but when they grow up and expect a woman to degrade herself and a baby to die in order to acomplish their pleasure, this trulty has crossed the line to the rarest form of evil right up there with abortion.

    So laugh it up fuzball. (-Han Solo)

  3. I'm posting a quote from an orthodox forum. For the record, I'm not necessarily against the Catholic position - just pointing out that the position isn't quite as consistent as you make it out to be. You can find the source here (the whole thread is interesting. Also, for the record, I'm not trying to stir your pot - I just think a little history lesson might be worth having:

    "St. Augustine (AD 354-430) said, "There cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation", and held that abortion required penance only for the sexual aspect of the sin.
    He and other early Christian theologians believed, as had Aristotle centuries before, that "animation", or the coming alive of the fetus, occurred forty days after conception for a boy and eighty days after conception for a girl. The conclusion that early abortion is not homicide is contained in the first authoritative collection of canon law accepted by the [Catholic] church in 1140. As this collection was used as an instruction manual for priests until the new Code of Canon Law of 1917, its view of abortion has had great influence.
    At the beginning of the 13th century, Pope Innocent III wrote that "quickening" "the time when a woman first feels the fetus move within her" was the moment at which abortion became homicide; prior to quickening, abortion was a less serious sin.
    Pope Gregory XIV agreed, designating quickening as occurring after a period of 116 days (about 17 weeks). His declaration in 1591 that early abortion was not grounds for excommunication continued to be the abortion policy of the Catholic Church until 1869.
    The tolerant approach to abortion which had prevailed in the Roman Catholic Church for centuries ended at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1869, Pope Pius IX officially eliminated the Catholic distinction between an animated and a nonanimated fetus and required excommunication for abortions at any stage of pregnancy."

  4. I like the term "miracle" in your title, for this truly is a miracle. How can it be every branch of Christianity caved into contraception (and divorce) and yet the Church has stood firm - even in the midst of internal rebellion?

    This is no mere work of men - this is the hand of God writing on the wall.

    It's times like this I stand in awe of the Old Testament histories that speak of times the whole Israelite Nation was living in sin - wondering how such was possible and how God could allow it - and here we are in real life witnessing a massive apostasy of our own.

    The notion of "conservative Protestant" is somewhat an oxymoron, since there is no "conserving" to be done. They can literally do a 180 on a whim, and if they allow divorce and contraception, they leave little principled basis to oppose homosexuality or abortion.

  5. "The notion of "conservative Protestant" is somewhat an oxymoron..."

    Luckily the phrase itself has an internal timebomb of "oxymoron" by having the word "protest" in it. And anyone even remotely familiar with Protestant history should know that todays "conservative" protestant is tomorows... protesting liberal one.