Bishop writes on the evils of contraception

[size=10pt]“Sexuality and relationships are misunderstood”
Bishop of Sacramento writes about ill effects of contraception on culture

[Image: Soto101210.jpg]

In a wide-ranging commentary published last month in the first edition of the diocese’s new bi-monthly magazine Catholic Herald, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto observes that artificial contraception has become “the unquestioned default mode of marriage,” with disastrous results for society.

The bishop used as a starting point the counsel of Bl. Cardinal John Henry Newman: “He, then, is perfect who does the work of the day perfectly, and we need not go beyond this to seek for perfection. You need not go out of the round of the day.”

“In the heated, partisan passions wrestling for political advantage in the trench warfare of abortion, we have to change hearts; as well as change laws,” wrote Bishop Soto. “Creating that culture of life is more than a political agenda. The gospel of life has the power to transform hearts and habits as well as laws when the Christian follows Newman’s counsel and performs ‘the ordinary duties of the day well.’”

Bishop Soto says we can “round our days” by observing routines in our lives that serve to sanctify us and evangelize others. Wearing one’s wedding ring or conversations around the dinner table with family are simple examples of this practice, he wrote, but they also include participation in the political process and more reflection and the cultivation of new habits “in the sexual practice of marriage.”

“One habit that has taken hold of many marriages is the use of artificial means of contraception,” wrote Bishop Soto. “The prevalence of the practice in and outside of the Catholic community has made contraception the unquestioned default mode of marriage. As a consequence, sexuality and relationships are misunderstood and misused; and their true purpose is misplaced.”

“These comments are not just about the ‘pill’ or other forms of contraceptives,” the bishop continued. “This is more about the habit of using artificial means. The habit has shaped the hearts and minds of many, especially the young. Marriage is no longer understood as the covenant of love between a man and a woman that creates life, because procreation is no longer associated with sexual intercourse. In this new social situation, many shrug their shoulders and wonder why a sexual relationship between any two people who care for each other cannot be called a marriage.”

“The church’s teaching against the use of artificial contraceptives comes from a reverential awe for the ‘round’ of the marriage covenant, where the human family finds life, grace and goodness revealed in the ordinary rituals of the home,” said Bishop Soto. “The sexual ritual should not be discounted or dismissed from this sacramental view.”

In addition, wrote the bishop, “The teaching of Natural Family Planning, as a moral and cultural alternative to the contraceptive culture, offers couples the opportunity to appreciate their sexuality, the grace of fertility and a way to unite themselves to the natural bodily rhythms that create life. Pastors and catechists should be more confident in teaching it.
Married couples and young people eager to be married should explore this possibility as a gift, not a burden.”

Great article. I think a huge problem is that the NO Catholic Church will officiate sacramental marriages for Catholics that are cohabiting, contracepting and ignoring their Sunday obligation.

My son's granddad once told me that before Vatican II, the Catholic Church would refuse to baptize the children of unmarried parents, the reason being how could they raise the child in a faith that they were blatantly ignoring? This is no longer the case today.

I think the church should really start re-thinking the ease of which those who are in mortal sin can undertake sacramental marriages. Yes the go thru the sacrament of penance beforehand but shouldn't there be a trial period to prove their contrition? Otherwise the church is just filling up it's ranks with couples who have an utter disregard for the Church and it's teachings.
Mortal sin?  What is this term you use?  The death of sin?  What is sin?

Make up your mind, dear Bishop.  You are bumming my glow, man.
This stuff has been going on the 50 years.

I cannot understand why it takes these people till 2010 to realise that there is a MASSIVE problem.

Countless Catholic priests when I was growing up would tell people it was a "matter of conscience".  I even got into trouble in a Catholic school for robustly defending the teaching of the church in 1980.

None of the teachers agreed with me, nor did the local priest who was on the board of governors of the school.  Because my family went to the SSPX by that stage I was even threatened with expulsion.  So we said we'd take it to Rome and they backed down.  From then on I was a marked man of course, but I continued to raise hell.

The number of practising Catholics using contraception is tremendously high.

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)