Is it a sin for both wife and husband if contraception is used?
In 1997, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued a vademecum—Latin for “to accompany me”—on contraception that provides theological and pastoral guidelines for confessors to serve married couples struggling with the Church’s teaching on contraception. I discuss that matter—and possible related mitigating circumstances in some cases—in a larger article on “Serving the Divorced and Remarried Well.” And I provide a link to the vademecum as well.
God inscribed in the marital act a bond between the unitive (love-giving) and procreative (life-giving) aspects. Deliberately thwarting this bond via contraception is immoral, because it undermines the sexual expression of marital love by a husband and wife, an expression of love which by its nature is open to the blessed fruit of new life (see further CCC 2368-70, 2366-72).
By Tom Nash