Is NFP Catholic?

Hi I am having some discussion with some Catholic friends who say that using NFP is generally sinful to use and should be used only under serious circumstances, which is what Humane Vitae says, is this correct?

I also saw this on a google search:

Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks

In the sense that NFP is a method of spacing or delaying children, it is an acceptable practice for married Catholics to use.

However, it, like any other form of “family planning” can be misused if a couple uses it to never have children.

But “generally sinful” as applied to NFP is simply not the case, nor is “serious circumstances”…depending on how one defines “serious”.

We are to accept children willingly from God, but there’s no mandate on how many. We get some input into how many children we can handle.

NFP is “Catholic” in that it is accepted as a moral way seek to have Children or to avoid them (if one has a serious reason…which does not have to be “life or death” but does need to be serious).

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church --issued by Pope Benedict XVI

  1. When is it moral to regulate births?


The regulation of births, which is an aspect of responsible fatherhood and motherhood, is objectively morally acceptable when it is pursued by the spouses without external pressure; when it is practiced not out of selfishness but for serious reasons; and with methods that conform to the objective criteria of morality, that is, periodic continence and use of the infertile periods.

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