‘Have you heard of Natural Family Planning?'

"I just don’t feel right,” the post-partum mom told me as we waited together outside the classroom to pick up our preschoolers. She’d just had her third C-section three weeks earlier and her incision wasn’t healing well. She also shared with me that she’d had an IUD placed during the C-section. “I don’t do hormones, so this was our only option,” she said. She had three children spaced closely and her body needed a break. But she was worried and uncomfortable about what the IUD might be doing to her body, in addition to her other post-partum complications. “Have you heard of natural family planning?” I asked her. “NFP is completely healthy, with no side effects. It’s highly effective, and it’s good for your relationship as well.” She was interested and asked me to bring her more information next time we met outside the preschool door. 

Why does the church say birth control is wrong?

Shouldn’t a couple have the right to determine how many children they have?

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: I attended a mission recently where the missionary priest said that anyone who practices artificial birth control is committing a mortal sin. I don’t agree with the church on this issue and I think that contraception should be allowable, especially under certain circumstances. It seems to me that most young Catholic couples use birth control; are they all in a state of mortal sin like this priest said? Please help me understand this difficult teaching of our church.

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