[quote="Qoeleth, post:12, topic:280442"]
In fact, it is not permitted for contraceptive purposes. It may only be permitted to improve the timing, and potential well being, of children.
Augustine condemned it as a contraceptive. I am with him.
I you have sex, you must pay the natural consequence of the act- which is the possibility of children.
I think the Church needs to state its teachings again more emphatically and clearly. The majority do not seem to understand it, and do not get beyond a rather unsophisticated distinction between 'abstaining' and 'action'.
For clarification: Is periodic abstinance a contraceptive? If so, am I always contracepting when I am not having conjugal relations with my wife? Like now?
Not conceiving because one did NOT act at a specific time whould seem to be sin of omission? We should have, but we did not? By what guide do we figure out when we SHOULD have, to avoid this sin of omission?
Or is the sin in gathering the information in order to determine probable fertility? Therefore the sin is in the gathering of natural knowledge?
Or is the sin in abstaining during assumed infertile times one of intent?
I am not sure I agree with the tone of the statement about paying the natural consequence of the act? I believe that all children are gifts from God, and that would seem to be inconsistent with your statement.