The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What's your contraceptive of choice?

Printed in a local newspaper earlier this week was an article about choosing the right contraceptive. As the governing party's theme sound at its political rallies would echo: "Are you serious? Dead serious!" It was not until the 20th century that contraception has been so widely recognized and accepted by major branches of the Christian community. The Catholic Church on the other hand has always and will continue to oppose the use of contraceptives.

There is no hiding the fact that many single and married couples are using contraception, including Catholics, as a means to preventing pregnancy, but also to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. The ladies interviewed in the article stated that they wished they had planned better, by either having their partner use a condom or taking some form of oral contraceptives.

With teenage pregnancy being an issue for many parents; educating children today on the use of contraceptives seems to be the norm, for fear of their children becoming pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease. As a parent myself, my fear is not whether my child will get pregnant or contract a disease at a young age, but rather, whether I have done all that I can to ensure that he/she is given the proper education to God's law. “Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Educating our youth on pre-marital sex begins at home. Have you done your part lately?

Besides encouraging promiscuity and infidelity in marriages, what exactly are we doing when we use contraceptives? We actually take God out of the equation of family planning, by taking complete control over procreation. Contraception turns against our fertility and tries to sterilize it. By using birth control pills, ovulation is suppressed, thereby preventing the release of an egg; in other words you deny yourself the special gift given by God of being able to reproduce. Likewise, condoms work similarly where the men's semen is held back from entering the woman, thus preventing procreation. Procreation is a gift from God that should be embraced by married couples.

There are many references in scripture showing opposition to contraception as we see in Malachi 2:15, God desires "Godly offspring." Holding back the gift of life from God is a form of a selfish act as Ananias and Sapphira displayed in Acts 5:1-11; they held back a part of their gift offering from God and so fell down dead for their actions. Clement of Alexandria in the year 191 A.D tells us: "Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted."

Contraception stands at the top of some of the controversial issues surrounding the Catholic Church as it continues to fight for the natural law of procreation. Regardless of popular demand, the Church has a moral obligation to stand up for truth, being guided by the Holy Spirit. We all have a conscience and know that God never intended on having us defy procreation by use of artificial contraceptives.

There is a natural way to plan your family, many Catholics have heard of it yet they refuse to research the Church for more information. Personally, I feel that much more can be done to educate our members, both in the Church and those who have fallen away from the Church on topics that so greatly affect our daily lives. Growing up Catholic I was never aware of Natural Family Planning or NFP. Some may say that it is just another form of contraception, by preventing a pregnancy, but rather it is a morally good declaration of Planned Parenthood.

There are times when it becomes necessary to space your children and therefore Natural Family Planning is the answer. In a marriage, couples are required to work together on many issues, thus the scripture says; "and the two shall become one." Natural Family Planning is one of those times where each member must consider each other's feelings rather than our bodily expression of spousal love.

Abstinence of sex outside marriage is the natural law that each and every one should be preaching to the youth. "Putting a rubber on it" is not the answer.

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