Birth control, specifically vasectomy


You are raising philosophical question here!

I will answered, and not mentionned that one is your parent’s case.

  • First, in the first case, you mentionned that the “priest allowed the vasectomy”.
    If we folowed the Catholic Church (expressed in constant teaching and the catechism), no situation allowed a sterilisation/contraception.
    So what? one priest allowed it. Can we followed? yes, of course, I have a free will.
    But it is legalism if I do it because of this permission: someone of autority over me, has allowed me, so I can, and relieve my conscience (even If I know that it is wrong). So to be honest, and it’s hard, I know, we will have to accept I do it because I want to, and not because the Church allowed me.
    Priests can failed, and some (and they are not exceptions are not opposed on contraception in all cases).

  • On the second case, I will just add my personal opinion. it is not good to try to adopt after a sterilisation in our current society.
    Why? Because there are very few children that are adoptable, and hundred of candidates for a single heathy baby. So if they adopt, it will be at the expense of a couple that suffer sterility. The only way to make some difference in this situation, for a family of 4 children is to try to adopt children that will have difficulties to find parents: handicapped, oldest children, siblings, who suffer trauma…


By reading this, am I to believe that my hysterectomy to remove my uterus and cervix due to cancer was a sin?


No it isn’t. You had them removed due to cancer, not with intent to prevent pregnancy.



No, not at all.
You had that procedure for a perfectly legit reasons.


It is not, because cancer is a desease that need to be adress in order to live.

Church has always been against any body mutitalation, whereas castration, sterilisation, removing of a healthy member…

But removing one organ because of cancer is not of the same category.


What a sad, sad, place where the disabled, children who are “too old”, siblings, those who have suffered trauma, are considered too defective to be adopted.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Let us all take time to fast and pray for these scores of unwanted children who will never find a forever home.

Did you know that in the US, if only one family from every religious congregation be it parish, synagogue, mosque, temple, in every town would adopt one child from foster care, there would be no more children in foster care? We, the people of God, we can actually care for the orphans as is part of our duty, if we are willing to open our hearts to a child.

Before I am accused, if I could afford more than one bedroom I would be a foster parent. I do my part by volunteering with local groups to promote foster/adoption.


thanks you for the explanation.

Isn’t that the majority of children in foster care have always their parents?
So, that the children that may be adopt are a small percentage of them?

One of the “problem” we have in France with adoption of children of foster care system is that the overwelming majority have their parents, even if they no longer want or be able to care for them. As long as the relationships are maintain (even a letter for year) they cannot be adopted. And when a very small percentage are recognized as definitively abondoned, they are too olds, have suffer to much anguish through repetitive separations from foster families, often are in heavy learnings or behavioral difficulties. So they cannot find parents.


It soulds as if the system is different in the US. In the US, children are adoptable through foster care once the parent has relinquished their rights or the courts have relinquished the parental rights.


The principles suggest it would be expected of the repentant if it was considered routine, affordable and safe.
Whether that is medically so I do not know.


However, many parents are reluctant to give up their rights, and for a long time (I don’t know how it is now), family reunification was a long-term goal. Additionally, there was a period of time when at least one parents was required to match the child’s race or ethnicity.



Foster care and adoption laws vary by state. Normally now, most children can be adopted across state lines, and no they do not need to share the same race. Exceptions made for Native American children that hold tribal rights. The tribe can mandate that the adoptive family also must hold tribal rights. At times that is amended. Foster children can be adopted up to age 21 in many cases and even though teens are given a bad rap, often the teens are a beautiful addition to a family.

I adopted a sibling group of six out of foster care. The are relatives, but were severely traumatized. We were planning to adopt again since our kids are grown and my husband retired (non relatives this time but still out of foster care) when we were surprised with a baby at ages 46 and 49. A year later and we have another baby. We still hope to adopt again in a couple years when we get settled into our new lives. Foster kid adoption is not nearly as scary as people lead others to believe.


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