I am a regular in a pretty heated evangelical/catholic forum and I try my best to represent the Catholic Faith. If I don’t know an answer, I’ll go look it up before I reply. I try not to give my personal opinions, but the position of the church, since I’m there as a representative of the Church.
I’m going nuts because some protestant friends are asking me WHY the Catholic church teaches birth control is wrong, and I can’t find the answer, not really.
First, for the record, I obey the Magisterium, and don’t want any other Catholic to even think of disobeying the Magisterium, even if you think the Magisterium is mistaken. I practiced NFP when I was married, and I’m celibate now that I’m divorced.
I’ve been going over and over Humanae Vitae, and honestly, it makes no sense to me. HV starts out honestly in paragraph 11 by pointing out the obvious, which is that MOST OF THE TIME SEX IS NOT PROCREATIVE. But then there is this sentence at the end that says, “The Church, nevertheless, in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.” Huh? How can that be if we just agreed that most of the time it’s not procreative? I just can’t agree to any of the “therefores” that follow… they are unwarranted conclusions because this statement at the end of paragraph 11 is out of the blue with no fact or reasoning to back it up. There is no WHY.
So I have no answer really, to give to my Protestant friends, and it is maddening to me. And embarrassing.
Is there any previous document that is simply not being cited that Pope Paul is referencing, which perhaps gives reasons for this statement? Anything? Anything? Can someone teach me about Natural Law, and what it says/who says what concerning “teaching that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life”? Please keep it simple but DO give me the basics. I’m really desperate!