I was raised Lutheran. My mother was a pretty liberal person. My step-fathers family were non-practicing Catholics. On the rare occasion we went to church we went to a Lutheran church.
During my teens and into my 20’s I primarily identified as pagan or atheist. When I was 25 I gave birth to my 3rd child and decided to have a tubal ligation as I felt I couldn’t financially, physically or emotionally care for any more children. Because I had Catholic friends and family, I knew the Church was against contraception and sterilization. However, I thought such teachings did not apply to me as I was not Catholic or even a believer in God at the time.
This past year I found faith in God again. My husband and I began attending Mass. He was raised Catholic and had fallen away from the Church and I am converting to Catholicism.
The tubal ligation has been weighing on my mind. I am about to turn 38 (showing signs of beginning menopause) and cannot afford to have the procedure reversed. Can I become a good Catholic with my tubes tied? What is the Church’s position on people like me who made such a mistake before we “knew better”? I do regret the decision and wish I could go back and change history, but I cannot.
I began RCIA this past Sunday and haven’t had time yet to bring up the matter to my priest.