I returned to the church a year or so ago, and many of my friends have been following suit.
One of my lady friends is starting to learn about the Church’s teachings regarding sex. We have a good discussion today regarding sex within marriage, NFP and ABC, and Theology of the Body.
Her question to me, however, was a bit perplexing. I was not sure how to articulate the answer. I know the answer, but I don’t know how to state it.
Here is her question:
The Church states that sex outside of marriage is wrong. If a couple is engaging in pre-marital intercourse, which is better: the use a condom and not create a life outside of the marital bond, or use NFP and leave all sexual acts open to the creation of life even though the couple is not married.
My answer was: *ABSTAIN! *
But she is fighting her own battle and is finding answers for herself. She is also very new in coming home and trying to put her life back into the Church (if that makes sense). What does the Church teach, however, regarding her question?