Can we contracept for medical reasons?


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My husband and I want another baby but were told by my doctor that because of my health problems we should use contraceptives for at least a year. Our priest agreed with the doctor and said the Church allows for the use of contraception when a pregnancy would seriously jeopardize a woman’s health. Somehow this doesn’t sound right. What does the Church teach?


Your priest is terribly misinformed. The deliberate use of contraception on the part of spouses to prevent a pregnancy is never licit (CCC 2399).
Humanae Vitae states:

Neither is it valid to argue, as a justification for sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive, that a lesser evil is to be preferred to a greater one, or that such intercourse would merge with procreative acts of past and future to form a single entity, and so be qualified by exactly the same moral goodness as these. Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good, it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it—in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general. Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong. (HV 14)

Answered by: Peggy Frye


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  1. The only time birth control can be used is if it is treating a medical condition and not used for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. Such as heavy menstral bleeding or pain related to menstral problems.

  2. Does anyone truly believe that God wants a Mother to die ?? The church teaches the Bilings method of Birth control . If you have a dispensation from the church how is that not valid and why was the question not answered by a Priest or Bishop, but a lay person ??

  3. What about if one takes toxic medication which can deform a baby or even cause miscarriage for example I have to take chemo medication all my life for an auto immune diseases and if one wants to fall pregnant she or her husband has to be off it for 3 months and plus before the meds are out of the system what happens there. This is why I’m so worried I refuse to talk to anyone and think of marriage cause i think I’m committing a sin if I was told by the doctor I have to take the pill and if I stop medication my immune system goes pysco.

  4. The penalty for refusing to wed your brother’s widow was basically public humiliation. The woman would take off your sandal at the city gates and spit at you, or something to that effect. Then she would go about her business, and you would go about yours, and nobody would ever bother you about it again. Onan was punished for using a woman as a plaything. The whole point of wedding a childless widow in this situation was so that she would have children to look after her when she was old. There was no Social Security. No safety net. No pension. There was only family. To agree to marry her and do this for her, only to contracept and use her body as a mere plaything, was downright horrible of him. If he’d done the decent thing and simply declined to marry her, she could have married some other guy who actually wanted kids. But no. He had to take her off the market, and then use her for a plaything. God was having none of that.

  5. There it is. The slap in the face meant to silence a Catholic and degrade the priesthood. You would think it had been enough already, but the priest/sex scandal card still gets played,
    IThe John Jay report released on May 18, 2011 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York which examined the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church in depth.
    Sex abuse of children is epidemic throughout society. Pedophilia among priests is extremely rare, only 0.3% of the entire clergy (Yes, 0.3% is absolutely still too much but citing it as the norm is ridiculous).* It has been reported that sexual abuse by teachers in public schools is “more than 100 times” that by Catholic priests. Yet there is little reporting on this but old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests keep getting rehashed.
    Fulton Sheen was right when he said, “There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.”There are those who sow seeds of conflict, which is a tool of Satan, One needs to stop repeating what they’ve been told and find out for themselves what is taught (from those who live and teach the religion, not those who are not members or those who are former members.
    Ask yourself: why do I hate the Catholic Church? Who taught me what I think I know about the Catholic Church? Is what I was taught true? Have I looked at what the Catholic Church has to say about itself, using official resources such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and papal encyclicals? Could my opinion of the Catholic Church possibly be based on bias, bigotry, bad history, propaganda from the secular media?,Is it fair to judge doctrine by such things? Is any group with human beings in it free from sin and scandal? If I am wrong about the Catholic Church, what does that mean? What are the ramifications for creating division between Christians?
    This sure beats using chemicals and other accepted methods that are actually classified as abortifacients and/or class I carcinogens.

    1. Nah bro you got it all wrong, you seem to feel that it’s the priests that make up the the catholic church but it isn’t , it’s all the faithful joined together that make up our religion. To say the church shielded priests that failed is to include me and everyone I know and I can tell you if I found a priest doing so i would drag him out to the street and pray I have the strength to resist stomping him. Look at the teachings in place and let that be the reason for the faith in God’s true church. In history there was plenty of failures but someone always rose up and fixed it. Complaining and blaming never got it fixed. The best way Is to properly evangelize our children so they grow up passing on the true faith this way the bad seeds will not pass forward and you will see with love christ kept his promise that he will be with us. As for the contraception thing. The church never insinuated that Intercourse was evil and as a convert I never felt that put on me and for those who did it was always discovered they were not properly evangelized. Proper Intercourse and chastity brings a man and his wife closer together with REAL FAITH Gods gifts are endless and the church promotes natural family planning and it works… I say from experience it also helps with the wondering eye. It’s awesome and no substitute like contriception can ever replace the natural order of life and love but you have to have faith and try it yourself. I did, and my marriage tho not perfect has lasted despite the opposition.
      And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. Hello. Then, where in bible it states that condom is right? So who are to say it is right? You have no Authority only Church has Timothy 3:15. Anyways, there is a verse that is concern about this but not directly see Genesis 38:9. “8Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.” 9Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. 10But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also”. Anyways, the Church teaching about contraception is all about natural law and sanctity of marriage. The Church never said the sex is evil. As a matter of fact it hold it on a high esteem that married people are only should partake in it. Sex is ok but adultery is bad. Just like food is ok but gluttony is bad.

  7. God for give you that as put evil words on here if you cannot say something nice do not say eney think at all I am sick of people putting on here about priest messing about with boys well at the end of the day there did not want to be priest to stand and say I will teach ar lords words is evil to kill a child is evil there went into the church to try and pull it down but god sees every thing

  8. If you’re not trying to prevent pregnancy, I believe using contraceptives should be ok. The church teaches that sex is made for a man and woman who are in union with God to procreate, which is why the church is against contraceptives. But you are using them to help you procreate because of medical conditions that prevent you to do otherwise. There shouldn’t be a problem with that. Although there are other non-contraceptive methods like hormone replacement therapy can could also help you.

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