Why is the Church against Contraception?

Q. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church allow contraception?

A. Because the pleasure of the marital embrace was created by God for babies & bonding. It is a package deal. Anytime the pleasure of the sexual act is obtained while actively or purposely excluding either of these goods, it is a grave sin. The following acts are gravely sinful:

Below are sins that result from the pursuit of sexual pleasure alone while excluding both bonding and openness to procreation:

  • masturbation-CCC
  • pornography-CCC
  • prostitution-CCC
  • rape-CCC
  • anonymous homosexual acts
  • beastiality
  • orgies
  • Oral sex without intercourse

Below are sins that result from the pursuit of sexual pleasure within the context of bonding with another human being but excluding openness or the possibility of procreation:

  • homosexual-CCC
  • fornication-CCC
  • contraception-CCC
  • Oral sex without intercourse

Below are sins that occur when there is a pursuit of procreation outside of the marital act which excludes bonding and in addition to this it includes the grave sin of masturbation:

  • artificial insemination-CCC
  • artficial procreation (test tube babies)-CCC

Contraception is only one of several sins resulting from the misuse of human sexuality according to the laws of God. These are some of the reasons the Catholic Church can never approve of any of these practices.
For a more elegant and complete explanation see the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2351 ff.

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6 Responses

  1. Thank you for clearing this up-I’ve always been afraid to ask parents and friends, and didn’t want to anything like this to a youth group-now I know what is officially wrong and what isn’t. I have this book which I tried out but really didn’t like, called, ‘Love, Sex, and God” by Bill Ameiss and Jane Graver. It was helpful-but some of it was a little shake-y I’m glad the CCC is to the point and fully honest! Thank you! ❤

  2. If you would like to try another book I would recommend any book by Christopher West on this subject like Theology of the Body for Beginners or
    Theology of the Body for Teens by Jason Evert.

  3. “Because the pleasure of the marital embrace was created by God for babies & bonding.” My question is if the “marital embrace” is only for babies and bonding and it is posted that “Anytime the pleasure of the sexual act is obtained while actively, purposely or incidentally excluding either of these goods, it is a grave sin.” It is a sin to have the “marital embrace” if there is no chance of conception such as after a woman has reach menopause. According to the statement, this would be “purposely or incidentally excluding either of these goods.” Incidentally means not intentionally. So, that would cause all sexual intercourse between husband and a wife that does not work towards conception a sin. 1 Corinthians chapter 7:3 The husband should not deprive his wife of sexual intimacy, which is her right as a married woman, nor should the wife deprive her husband. 4 The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband also gives authority over his body to his wife. 5 So do not deprive each other of sexual relations. Family planning or abstaining from sex during the fertile times which is written as ok, contradicts these scriptures because you are not to deny your spouse sex except when both have agreed for prayer. I also would like to raise the question of a person continually reproducing offspring that they cannot afford to clothe and feed. Do you think that God would approve of us conceiving a child that we cannot feed, clothe, or nurture. I believe that every child is a precious gift from God, but do you believe that God intentially allows a child to be born to drug addicts or child abusers. I belive this becomes a question of our free will. Yes he wants us to be frutifull and multiply. Yes he wants us to have children and teach them about God, but he would want us to use our brain and not create children that may be loved from the depth of our heart, but cannot be provided for. More often than not, this actually leads to a family having more children than they can possibly afford and can lead to money issues which can lead to abuse of an innocent child. I would be interested to see biblical proof that God is against contraception. I know that Genesis 38:8-10 talks of Onan spilling his seed, but God was mad at Onan for not obeying him, I don’t believe it was necessarily the act he committed. If you read the verse prior in 6 & 7 it says that Judah’s firstborn was wicked so go put him to death. This is what he was indicating when he said he slew him too. I also believe that God would look down on a woman who prevents pregnancy because she has a medical condition that would either cause harm to her or the baby. I had a friend who had 8 miscarriages because of a medical problem. It would be unwise for her to try for any more. I also have a friend who has a rare blood clotting disorder that endangers her life each time she gets pregnant. She has come close to dying with each child. After having her second child, she through blood clots in her lungs and legs. They cannot give her any more medication for these clots again. If she has another child, she will sentence herself and her child to death. She will also leave her other two children motherless and her husband wifeless. Yes she has faith, which is the reason she did not abort when so many specialist said it was the only way she could survive, but although we live by faith, we have to use common sense. I have faith that God will protect me, but I will not stand in the way of a moving train and expect to be saved from death.

  4. Les,

    I have responded to your excellent comments Here, Here, & Here

  5. Hello,

    What about Song of Songs? It’s a whole book in the Bible about sex that nowhere mentions procreation. In fact, it also speaks of oral sex, which you list here as a sin.

  6. The Song is a metaphor for our love relationship with Christ. It doesn’t give the OK to contraception. And I do not believe it talks about oral sex as the CCC would define it.

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