[quote=MamaGeek]I have several questions about Natural Family Planning. First, this is my understanding of the Church’s teaching on NFP:
Basically, NFP is the moral use of information regarding a woman’s natural periods of fertility and infertility to aid in becoming pregnant, or to space the conception of children or prevent pregnancy indefinitely for grave reasons.
These are my questions:
- Is my understanding of the Church’s teaching correct?
- Is it moral for a couple to use NFP to limit the number of children conceived?
- What qualifies as a grave reason?
That’s the pithiest summation of the Church’s teaching that I have ever seen.
“Grave reason” includes health, serious financial hardship, or psychological problems (read Humanae Vitae; it’s in there):
With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time.