3 Sterility - clarification Sterile people can get marriedUnless they enter into marriage with deceptionImpotent people cannotIf the impediment of impotence is doubtful, whether by a doubt about the law or a doubt about a fact, a marriage must not be impeded nor, while the doubt remains, declared nullUnable to consummate the marriage
4 The lead upUntil 1930, EVERY single Christian Church taught that contraception was wrongThe Anglican Church was the first to allow contraception in 1930From there was almost no debate in the Catholic ChurchIn the 1960’s the pill became available
5 The lead upWhat the people of the 60’s thought was going to happen because of contraceptionWould stop the world from being overpopulatedWould make for better marriages (removes “fear” of getting pregnant so less tension)Could now have sex before marriage since pregnancy could be blockedThat would naturally lead to better marriages also (you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it would you?)Wouldn’t get married out of desperation for sexThere would be FAR fewer abortions
6 The controversyContraception rapidly became a commonplace occurrence, even for CatholicsSome Theologians (and even priests) said that the Church was going to change her stance on contraception and start allowing itShe didn’t!Humanae Vitae was released in 1968 holding to consistent teaching of the ChurchDissent happened
7 Predictions of Humanae Vitae General lowering of morality in societyGeneral disregard for the physical and psychological well-being of females by malesPornography, sexual abuse, etc.Governments would use family planning programs for coercive purposes once contraception became widely availableChina, UN, AfricaBegin to treat our bodies as though they were machinesCan “buy” a designer baby
8 The aftermath - morality Look around!Look at what’s on TVLook at what’s on the internetLook at what you can see driving down the street
9 The aftermath - divorce Divorce ratesSlowly crept up all century to 25% in 1965From it shot up to 50%That is a HUGE increase in a VERY short period of timeWhat happened?Stanford Sociologist Robert MichaelThe increase directly correlates to contraceptionOnce everybody who wanted to contracept had the pill, the levels leveled out.His reasons?No children to keep you bondedMore adulteryWomen at work made it easier for them to leave their husbands
10 The aftermath – abortion Unwanted pregnancies before 1960 (i.e. before contraception was readily available)6% white, 22% blackUnwanted pregnancies in 199222% white, 68% black1.5 million abortions per year50% of women claim they are aborting because of failed contraception.Supreme Court – Planned Parenthood v. Casey“For two decades, couples have based their intimate relationships on the availability of abortion should contraceptives fail.”
11 NFP vs. ContraceptionIf they are the same, why not just use NFP?Two men want to support their familyOne gets a job, the other robs a bankThe ends do NOT justify the meansAbstinence vs. free reign over the other’s bodyViewing the other as a commodity“I love everything about you except for your fertility”The tendency to exploit each other as means for sexual gratification can result.With use of NFP one is using good reason to space the birth of children but the final decision is left to God. If a child is conceived he or she is happily welcomed.It is not an abortifacient.
12 Assignment: Due Nov. 24: Read the Encyclical Humanae Vitae: Google it or use the address below to find it.Write a reaction paper that will address the following points:Explain five major insights that will help you maintain a more genuine loving marriage.Why is the use of contraceptives proven to be destructive rather than productive in forming loving and enduring marriages.