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Quote:Be Fruitful & Multiply (Gen. 1:28)

January 2008

Genesis 38:8-10 reads: "Juda therefore said to Onan his son: Go in to thy brother's wife and marry her, that thou mayst raise seed to thy brother. He knowing that the children should not be his, when he went in to his brother's wife, spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born in his brother's name. And therefore the Lord slew him, because he did a detestable thing" (Douay-Rheims).

According to Allan Carlson, a Lutheran, in an article titled "Children of the Reformation" (Touchstone, May 2007), "the Protestant churches maintained unity with the Catholic Church on the contraception question for four centuries, only to abandon this unity during the first half of the twentieth century." Carlson opposes contraception.

As Carlson reports in his article, Martin Luther wrote in Commentary on Genesis: "Onan must have been a most malicious and incorrigible scoundrel. This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a Sodomitic sin…. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed." John Calvin wrote in Commentary on Genesis: "the voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall on the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the [human] race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring."

According to Carlson, "A few decades later, the Synod of Dordt [the Dutch Reformed Church] would declare that Onan's act 'was even as much as if he had, in a manner, pulled forth the fruit out of the mother's womb and destroyed it.'"

No Protestant churches had formally permitted married couples to use unnatural methods of birth control until 1930. According to Carlson, at the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930, "On a vote of 193 to 67, the bishops…approved a resolution stating that: 'In those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles.'" The ice broke.

Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Casti Connubii, written four months later, said: "Small wonder, therefore, if Holy Writ bears witness that the Divine Majesty regards with the greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death. As St. Augustine notes, 'Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Juda, did this and the Lord killed him for it'" (#55). Pius proclaims: "Any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin" (#56).

Pope Paul VI reiterated this traditional teaching of the Church in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (1968), but most Catholics ignored him. The Catechism says that "direct sterilization or contraception" are "falsifications of the inner truth of conjugal love" and are "intrinsically evil" (#2399, 2370). Pope John Paul II said on June 5, 1987, "The Church's teaching on contraception does not belong to the category of matter open to free discussion among theologians" (L'Osservatore Romano, English edition, July 6, 1987). Nevertheless, many Catholic theologians ignored him, and continue to advocate for contraception to this day.

In the wake of the Western world's widespread use of contraception, we have experienced an increased prevalence of pornography, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, divorce, women's lib, etc. By its fruits it is known.