[quote="sw85, post:11, topic:251803"]
I confess this is one of those teachings (at least as I'm given to understand it based on posts here on CAF) that I have to strenuously disagree with the Church.
A while back someone asked about the Pill's use as an abortifacient, specifically asking if she would be required to abstain from sex while taking it for legitimate medical reasons. Father Serpa's response was:
This reads to me like a dispensation to kill one's unborn child so that one can be free of hormonal migraines (or whatever the symptoms are being treated by the Pill) and still enjoy marital sex.
I understand in that case that the killing isn't willed, but it's certainly known in advance. And good intentions cannot justify morally illicit acts, only, at best, morally neutral ones.
Color me confused.
I think that a lot of people use the following reference to justify the use of the pill in specific conditions.
“the Church does not consider at all illicit the use of those therapeutic means necessary to cure bodily diseases, even if a foreseeable impediment to procreation should result there from—provided such impediment is not directly intended for any motive whatsoever (19)” (HV 15).
The caveat is that the quote refers to a speech by Pope Pius XII to a congress of physicians well before the pill was available. I have been looking for that specific document in the last year but to no avail; however, my impression was that Pius XII was addressing the procedure of hysterectomy.
(19) See Pius XII, Address to 26th Congress of Italian Association of Urology: AAS 45 (1953), 674-675; to Society of Hematology: AAS 50 (1958), 734-735 [TPS VI, 394-395]