This is a thread inspiried from the Moral Theology section of the forums. Since I’m not Catholic, I thought I’d better post here. The question was ***Can a Catholic in good conscience use birth control ? ***
I would say in general the Catholic church teaches “No!” as the answer to that question but I think that’s probably an oft-disregarded teaching. Besides the specific rules, I think the underlying priniciple is a pro-family philosophy. God is a Creator after all, he would like our co-operation. But then there is that thing about the celibate clergy.
When I look back over my geneaolgy, my early French Canadian anscetors routinely had 10 kids in their families. Not all of them lived to adulthood. But let’s face it, back then many kids were an asset. In an industrialised age, they are more of a liability. Families are shrinking to near the replacement level in many western countries. Surely the Pill has played a major role in this?