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Natural Family Planning:: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom? Paperback – February 27, 2013
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Consider for example, Augustine of Hippo:
"This proves that you [Manicheans] approve of having a wife, not for the procreation of children, but for the gratification of passion. In marriage, as the marriage law declares, the man and woman come together for the procreation of children. Therefore, whoever makes the procreation of children a greater sin than copulation, forbids marriage and makes the woman not a wife but a mistress, who for some gifts presented to her, is joined to the man to gratify his passion (The Morals of the Manichees 18:65 [A.D. 388]).
No bishop or pope has the ability to change this law. It is a natural law created by God, that marriage is intended to beget children. In times past, before the 19th and 20th century it was universally recognized that those who intentionally frustrate God's will of the gift of children commit sin against nature.
We can additionally notice the historic teaching of the schismatic Orthodox Church.Read more ›
I recommend her work wholeheartedly.
Please read Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI for yourself. It is rather short, plainly written and freely available through the Vatican website and various other locations. Paragraph 10 states "..With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time."
Serious is less of a degree than grave in doctrine writing. This author misleads one to believe that using NFP is the same as contraceptives and that one needs a grave reason to practice Responsible Parenthood. Please read Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI and see church teaching for yourself.
Jay explores various aspects of the current situation of many faithful catholic couples who use NFP as if it were the virtuous way to control having children while still being morally correct. She explains why such attitude is not really open to life. Instead of focusing on how to determine what are the serious (i.e., "just causes") for which the Catholic Church gives the dispensation of using NFP to avoid pregnancy, the current way of promoting NFP in the church resembles simply the Catholic contraception.
This book (together with other articles, for ex. "Heroic parenthood" and some talks by Michael Voris [Vortex 5-Sep-13] and Mic'dUp [28-Aug-13]) , specially the gem of the first chapter of Jay's book (taken from a talk found at audiosancto.org) are worth the money.
To put it simply, the arguments presented in these sources have helped my wife and I stop teaching NFP (after 10 years of being a certified teaching couple) and instead focus on share the blessing of large families, the blessing of children, and complete trustful surrender to the Will of God. This has been truly liberating and a complete blessing! (We are now expecting our 5th child).
Sadly, we still find many people who argue: "well, teaching NFP still helps couples to shift from artificial contraception".Read more ›
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Unfortunately I could not review this book because the point of view of the author as expressed on her web page was not open for reviews. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Antigone
Enjoyed reading this book as it addressed some of my own uneasiness about the easiness of NFP. Definitely provides challenging questions about this practice.Published 20 months ago by Melissa Seffrin