My co-worker was asking me about the formal stance of Catholics in regards to birth control and reproduction. I must admit I do not know much about this issue. I only know that abstinence is an acceptable method of contraception. As for other methods, I suspect that they are frowned upon.
My impression is that the Catholic church is encouraging human fecundity. Perhaps in compliance with certain biblical verses. However, my co worker pointed out that if this were the case, then why are priests and nuns mandated to be celibate?
My confusion lies on two points. What are the accepted methods of contraception recognized by the Vatican? And is the church being paradoxial in encouraging human fecundity while mandating its clergy and nuns to be celibate?
Thank you for any answers that might clear my confusion.