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Sexuality: Modern View vs. Christian View
The Modern vs. Christian View of Sexuality Professor Janet Smith and her associates have created a set of PowerPoint slides to accompany her classic presentation "Contraception: Why Not“, for the use of anyone who wants to use them for marriage preparation.
Babies: Blessings or Burdens?
World Population Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects, The 1998 Revision; and estimates by the Population Reference Bureau
God is Love
Male and Female He Created Them “It is not good that man should be alone.” (Gen. 2:18)
The Importance of Marriage
Casual, Recreational Sex
Contraception Contribution? Quiz (check one) Q: What has contributed the most good to our culture in this century? contraceptives cars computers T.V.s and V.C.R.s
Early Predictions Control the population crisis Reduce the number of unwed pregnancies and abortions Improve marriages
Teen Sexual Activity
Estimated Annual New Cases of STDS Source: Kaiser Family Foundation and American Social Service Health Association: Sexually Transmitted Diseases in America, 1998
Out of Wedlock Births Percentage of out of wedlock births Source: William J. Bennett, The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators
Contraception Leads to Abortion “In some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception.... For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.” United State Supreme Court Planned Parenthood vs. Casey
Contraceptives as Abortifacients The contraceptive pill works in three ways: Prevents ovulation Prevents sperm from meeting egg As an abortifacient — prevents fertilized ovum from implanting in uterine wall.
Cohabitation and Divorce Couples now live together before marriage and split up after marriage!
Divorce Rates Divorces (per 1,000 married women)
Single Parent Families Percentage of All Families with Children
Contraception’s Bad Consequences facilitates sex outside of marriage increases incidence of sexually transmitted diseases leads to unwanted pregnancy and single parenthood causes and leads to abortion contributes to divorce contributes to social chaos
Pope Paul VI’s Predictions general lowering of morality less respect for women coercive control by governments over sexuality bodies become machines (Humanae Vitae 17)
Oppressive Governments and Population Control
Test Tube Babies designer genes
Philippine Bishops Apologize It is said that when seeking ways of regulating births, only 5% of you consult God. In the face of this unfortunate fact, we your pastors have been remiss: how few are there among you whom we have reached. There have been some couples eager to share their expertise and values on birth regulation with others. They did not receive adequate support from their priests. We did not give them due attention, believing then this ministry consisted merely of imparting a technique best left to married couples.
Philippine Bishops Apologize Only recently have we discovered how deep your yearning is for God to be present in your married lives. But we did not know then how to help you discover God’s presence and activity in your mission of Christian parenting. Afflicted with doubts about alternatives to contraceptive technology, we abandoned you to your confused and lonely consciences with a lame excuse: “follow what your conscience tells you.” How little we realized that it was our consciences that needed to be formed first. A greater concern would have led us to discover that religious hunger in you.
Catholics and Contraception Catholics 1960: 66% did NOT contracept 66% 80% Catholics 1995: 80% contracept Philippine Bishops Apologize
Reasons to condemn Contraception a violation of the good of a woman’s physical and psychological health an impediment to the total self-giving of spousal love a rejection of God as Creator of new life
Fertility is a Great Good
Violation of Physical Health
Common Side-Effects increased irritability increased propensity to depression weight gain reduced sex drive
An Insult to Women
Impediment to Total Self-Giving
Babies are Bonding
God Creates Every Human Soul
Contraceptive Thwarts God’s Life-Giving power
Natural Family Planning Signs of fertility fertile mucus rise in temperature change in cervix
Effectiveness of NFP “…pregnancy rates [of couples using NFP] have depended on the motivation of couples. Increasingly studies show that rates equivalent to those with other contraceptive methods are readily achieved in the developed and developing worlds. Indeed, a study of 19,843 poor women in India had a pregnancy rate approaching zero. Natural family planning is cheap, efficient, without side effects, and may be particularly acceptable to and efficacious among people in areas of poverty.” Dr. R. E. J. Ryder British Medical Journal, Sept. 18, 1993
NFP vs. Contraception
Benefits of NFP No bad physical side-effects Requires mutual sacrifice Enhances communication between spouses and strengthens marriages Strengthens couple’s relationship with God No harm to society