Spacing of children always wrong?


#1

Would it be morally licit to enter into a marriage covenant with the mindset that “we aren’t going to have kids for x number of years” even if the birth control method was NFP? I am a college student and I see many of my Catholic friends getting married, being faithful to the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception, yet saying from the get-go, “We’re going to wait a few years to have children…” I would like to know what the Church says about this sort of thing. Thanks.


#2

Dear TAC,

Contraception is not immoral because it can be used to space the births of children. It is immoral because in contra-cepts. To delay the conception of children for selfish reason can be wrong even if one is not contracepting. But there are many valid, moral reasons for delaying the conception of children: financial, health,
completion of education, etc. These could redound to the benefit of the family and are not selfish at all.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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