I received this PM on another message board and was not sure how to answer it other thatn to say I really can't do anything about it. The church teaching is clear, and if people choose not to follow it.....:shrug:
Anyway I thought I'd post it here and then link the thread to the person who PM'd me.
Here it is. Any input would be appreciated.
From alitaptap James,
I have read some of your posts in the controversial discussions forum especially on AIDS, contraception and the Church Natural Family Planning issues. I’m a Catholic but the rapid population growth in our country (Philippines) is quite alarming. Do you think monogamous relationship and natural family planning is the answer to our runaway population explosion? I believe most people in the Philippines especially in the provinces practice natural family planning as advocated by the Catholic Church and look what happened? Say rhythm method as an example: Here's some facts about rhythm method:
Rhythm method is not as effective as we might think and it's not exact science either. A day or two can make a profound difference in the outcome. Even if you follow it to the letter, there is still room for error and the negative consequences the parents have to bear if they made a boo-boo. Here are some facts that may not show up on statistics anywhere:
-Most married Filipino couples are still monogamous but males in general do not like to wear condoms. They view Condoms as protection only when they have sex with others for fear of catching STD but not with their wives. These are the negative attitudes of Filipinos that are obstacle to building wealth: 1. Procrastination 2. What ever will be will be.
- The average married couple engages in sexual activity 2-3 times a week. That equates to 8-12 times a month. If rhythm method is used, there will be 2 weeks where the couple cannot have sex (again, give and take a few days to play it safe). Do you think the man would abide and abstain from sex for 2 weeks? I think this is not applicable for Filipinos =)
I understand the Churches view on family planning but there are also other means to avert unwanted pregnancy. I also don't advocate abortion either. It is cruel and barbaric. But I also believe that every child born in this world should be given a chance to live their lives to the fullest and be nurtured with love and affection from day one. It's really a simple math...less mouth to feed, more for everyone. The problem is the Philippines those who cannot afford many children are those who have many children thus the cycle of poverty continues. 98 million people in a small Island Nation is just way to many people. We will eventually deplete our natural resources and arable land. Then what? With over10 million people living in Metro-Manila, it rivals Mexico City as one of the most congested/polluted city in the world. Here were the Philippines (#71) stacked against other countries: Look at the population density per square kilometers and the % of population growth. The government should really address this issue to reverse the tide.
Hope you can give me an advice. Sorry if I sent this via PM because I noticed that most Covers are not Catholic and I am sure they will recommend contraception. I want to hear fellow Catholic’s view on this.
Thank you and God bless you.