This is such a tricky issue. Yes, it is true that some teens will rebel, and that is unfortunate. However, what is the problem? Is the *baby *the problem? No. The sinful act is the problem.
The rate of illegitimate births used to be much lower. Artificial birth control promised to reduce it further–but, it came out the other day that almost 40% of babies born in the US were born to unmarried mothers. From an historical standpoint, it seems like the *more *we teach about abc, the *higher *the rate of illegitimacy: from 3.9% in the 1950s, when neither abc nor abortion were readily available, to our current rate of 38.5%.
1- Let me make sure I understand you… If you ever sin - ever - you go to hell? What happened to God dying for your sins?
All Catholics need to be aware that we do not believe that once we are saved we have an assurance of Heaven: that is a Protestant notion. Yes, Christ died for our sins: did that free us to sin however we wanted?
Those who commit a mortal sin and *who do not repent and confess *have the stain of the mortal sin on their souls and go to Hell after death. First, there is objective mortal sin, a sin that is mortal by its nature. However, not all those who commit that act have the stain of mortal sin upon their souls. There are 3 criteria to be met: grave matter, full consent, and full knowledge. Christ judges us after death because one’s culpability may be reduced by certain circumstances.
However, *relying *on Christ’s mercy would be the sin of presumption… so the best thing to do is to get educated and not commit any mortal sins.
2- It seems to me that a combination of condemning contraception and condemning abortion (and I am not saying I support it so please don’t assume I do) is a pretty dangerous. That seems to make for a lot of kids who are either put up for adoption, if they are even adopted at all, or put in homes where the mother may not be financially or mentally capable of raising a child in a good environment.
As you can see form my comment above, the situation has become much worse since we started accepting and promoting artificial birth control and abortion…
And all this was foreseen in Humanae Vitae, which came out in 1968, iirc.