[quote=pro-life_teen]Today we had a speaker come to our school to talk to our class on abstinence. The questions she has had to field are pretty tough, and one in particular which I felt was not answered completely and wasn’t sure how I would answer was:
What if the couple is determined to have sex outside of marriage? Wouldn’t it be better for them to use protection?
What is the correct Catholic answer to that question?
I would really appreciate your imput; I’m going to be giving my own chastity talk in two weeks and am sure a question like this will pop up and want to give a solid Catholic answer.
The correct Catholic answer is that fornication and contraception are both sins and can never be condoned or promoted.
Somehow the sexual issues cloud the ability to think logically about a situation. So, use a different sin:
By way of analogy, if you had a friend who was determined to rob a bank would you say, “here, take this mask so at least you can reduce the probability of being caught”. No, you would not. If you were to do so you would be cooperating with sin by promoting the sin. You should, in the situation where your friend is determined to steal, continue to tell him why it is wrong, how it can be harmful, and do all you can to prevent his sin (including calling the police). “Protecting” him from being caught may have a temporal benefit (for the friend, not for the one stolen from) but it in no way protects him from the eternal consequences of stealing.
So, if someone is going to fornicate, should you say “here, take this condom, so you at least reduce your chances of …” No, you should not.
BTW, contraception only reduces, not eliminates, the physical consequences of illicit sex and can never “protect” someone from the spiritual consequences. From what are they being protected when using contraception? Temporal consequences perhaps, but never the eternal ones.