I had a visit from some Jehovah’s Witnesses today in which they gave me an article from their magazine “Awake” (similar to “The Watchtower”) about contraception. Some of this article talked about the Catholic position on contraception. Here is part of the article with which I had issue:
"Catholic sources explain that it was in the second century C.E. that professed Christians first adopted a Stoic rule according to which the sole lawful purpose for marital intercourse was procreation. The reasoning behind this position was thus philosophical rather than Biblical. It was based, not on divine wisdom, but on human wisdom. This philosophy persisted down through the centuries and was elaborated on by various Catholic theologians. (Footnote: It was only in the 13th century that Gregory IX enacted what the *New Catholic Encyclopedia* calls "the first universal legislation by a pope against contraception.") The logical outgrowth ot this teaching, however, was the idea that sexual pleasure is in itself sinful and, consequently, that sexual relations that exclude the possibility of procreation are immoral. But this is not what Scripture teaches."
The article goes on, quoting Prov. 5:15 to show “the joy that can result from appropriate sexual intimacies between husband and wife.” It finishes by saying, “So if a couple should decide to exclude the possibility of a pregnancy by using some form of contraception, that is their choice to make, and no one should judge them. (Romans 14:4, 10-13)”
I know that sexual relations between man and wife are not evil (and Catholics have never taught otherwise); I guess what I’m wondering is if anyone has any sources that show the real Catholic position on this? Thank you all!